The Georgia Ports Authority added 20 refrigerated container racks at the Port of Savannah’s Garden City Terminal.
Each new rack accommodates 24 refrigerated containers, for a total of 480 containers of added capacity. The expansion brings to 64 the number of GPA refrigerated container racks, accommodating 1,536 boxes. The racks provide savings of terminal space and fuel consumption, and lower pollution at the port.
The reefer racks will help the port stay ahead of increasing demand for frozen poultry and produce exports, port officials say.
The GPA in February handled 5,496 20-foot equivalent units of refrigerated goods, up 14.4 percent year-over-year. Through the first seven months of the GPA’s fiscal year, containerized reefer volume of 45,733 TEUs is up 16.7 percent year-over-year.
Most of the refrigerated container business is poultry, an $18.4 billion-a-year business in Georgia, according to the University of Georgia. Nearly 40 percent of U.S. poultry exports move through Savannah, with Hong Kong, Angola, the Republic of Georgia and China ranking as the top destinations.