The previous month, the port handled a record 498,000 TEU, reports New York's FreightWaves.
'Demand for products and services both domestically and abroad is driving significant gains in Georgia's cargo volumes. The supply chain continues to experience unprecedented increases due to the reopening of the local, regional and national economies,' said GPA executive director Griff Lynch in the April volume announcement.
The GPA said the rate of growth in rail lifts at the Garden City Terminal slightly outpaced overall container growth, increasing 39 per cent, or 13,500 lifts, for a total of 48,000 twenty- and forty-foot containers.
To handle its expanding rail trade, the GPA will complete its Mason Mega Rail Terminal this year, doubling the annual rail lift capacity to 2 million TEU. According to the GPA, it will be the largest on-terminal rail facility for a port in North America.
Roll-on/roll-off cargo was up 50 per cent, or 21,200 vehicles, year over year in April at the Port of Brunswick, where the Colonel's Island Terminal moved 63,440 cars, trucks and pieces of heavy machinery. For the fiscal year from July 1 through April 30, the terminal handled 570,260, a 10 per cent year-over-year increase.