This marks a 14 percent increase in trade levels over
volumes moved through Savannah just three years ago, or an additional 550,000
Over the same period, the authority has increased the annual
capacity at the Port of Savannah from 5 million to 5.5 million TEUs.
“Through incredible teamwork from the GPA and the ILA on the
docks, to the motor carriers and Class I railroads, and to our partners
throughout the supply chain, Georgia has managed to create a powerful hub for
commerce that is creating jobs and economic opportunity in every corner of the
state,” said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch.
Lynch said to keep cargo flowing, GPA is adding cranes, container
rows, truck gates and intermodal capacity.
With the first phase of GPA’s Mason Mega Rail project
opening this spring, cargo moved by rail has grown twice as fast as the
authority’s overall three-year growth rate in container trade.
For the calendar year-to-date through October, the GPA moved
3.88 million twenty-foot equivalent container units, an increase of 222,800
TEUs or 6 percent, year over year.
Total tonnage crossing all GPA terminals reached 32.5
million tons January through October, up 4 percent over 2018, or 1.21 million
tons, including containerized, bulk and breakbulk cargo.
The Port of Savannah is handling the highest volumes of any
container terminal in the U.S. Southeast, moving as many as 8,000 TEUs per
The Port of Savannah’s aims to increase irs annual capacity
to 11 million TEUs, up from the current capacity of 5.5 million TEUs per year.
The authority plans to expand beyond its 1,200-acre
footprint at Garden City Terminal to establish a new container port on
Hutchinson Island, across the Savannah River channel. The 200-acre Georgia site
sits directly across from Ocean Terminal in Savannah. It will have an annual
capacity of 2.5 million TEUs.