Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia Ports Authority and Cordele Intermodal Services today signed an inland port agreement to ensure a direct 200-mile rail route to and from GPA’s Garden City Terminal in Savannah, Ga.
CIS, a Southwest Georgia freight hauling company, moves cargo through Georgia’s inland Port of Cordele, which is linked to Savannah by rail.
“By more efficiently connecting businesses in this region to the global marketplace through our deep-water ports, the Cordele Inland Port is now part of that broader effort, supporting jobs and future development,” Deal said at the signing event.
The partnership, which has been outlined in a memorandum of understanding, is expected to create and expand international markets for regional business; reduce highway traffic; cut shipping costs; and provide new service offerings to benefit shippers, truckers and ocean carriers.
“The new partnership provides our customers direct access to 38 weekly shipping services, connecting the region to vibrant global export markets,” said Curtis Foltz, GPA’s executive director.
CIS is located on 40 acres, with an option to expand up to 1,200 acres in the Crisp County Industrial Park. The facility is less than one mile from Interstate 75, Georgia Highway 300 and Georgia Highway 280 and allows direct container rail service to and from the ports of Brunswick, Ga., and Savannah.
“Today’s agreement greatly expedites the movement of cargo from this area to the coast,” said State Rep. Buddy Harden, R-Cordele. “Instead of trucks having to make the round trip from here to Savannah or Brunswick, drivers can now drop their cargo at the inland port, allowing shorter hauls and more frequent turns.”
“Large shippers in Albany and Tifton, Ga.; Montgomery and Mobile, Ala.; and Tallahassee, Fla., will benefit from our services,” added Jonathan Lafevers, president of CIS. “The inland port concept has also generated tremendous interest in the Cordele area from shippers and other logistics-based companies looking to relocate near our facility.”