The Port of Savannah posted its second highest monthly volume ever in April when it handled 260,035 20-foot equivalent units, an increase of 8.5 percent from April 2010.
Loaded export container volumes again outpaced import growth, reflecting record container tonnage for April of 1,996,346 tons.
“Savannah’s surprisingly strong container volume for April reflects continued overall demand tied with the global economic recovery,” said Curtis J. Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority. “Export volume growth remained robust due to increased demand for semi-finished goods, raw materials and grain-based commodities, as well as a competitive U.S. dollar.”
Breakbulk tonnage at all GPA terminals in April totaled 207,103 tons, up 29.3 percent from a year earlier. Savannah’s Ocean Terminal handled 111,685 tons, up 40.3 percent, as global demand picked up for iron and steel, lumber and machinery.
The Port of Brunswick experienced growth in linerboard and wood pulp. The Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick handled 38,010 automobile and machinery units in April, up 12.4 percent. Roll-on, roll-off volume at the facility increased 46.6 percent in the first 10 months of the fiscal year, which ends June 30.
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