The volume of containers handled by the Port of Savannah increased 6.6 percent year-over-year in November, boosted by new business.
The port handled 243,233 20-foot-equivalent units in November, compared to 228,184 TEUs in the same month last year.
Savannah’s container throughput growth through the end of October, 1.9 percent, lagged well behind rival Charleston’s 6.3 percent growth.
The total tonnage handled by the Georgia Ports Authority at Savannah and the Port of Brunswick reached 2,414,630 tons in November, up 7.3 percent year-over-year.
“New customers, combined with better than anticipated growth in the national economy in recent months, have boosted terminal throughput for November and for the fiscal year to date,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.
New business at Georgia’s ports range from imports by appliance makers such as Haier America Trading to expanded exports of Toyotas, Nissans and other vehicles. The Port of Savannah has also seen recent private investment in refrigerated cargo warehousing that supports Georgia’s poultry exports.
The GPA moved more than 12 million tons in total cargo through the first five months of the fiscal year, up 8.8 percent over the 11 million tons moved during the same period in fiscal 2013, ended June 30.
The Colonel’s Island Terminal in Brunswick moved 275,020 auto and heavy machinery units over the fiscal year to date for a 5.6 percent improvement over fiscal 2012.
Ocean Terminal in Savannah added another 10,874 units of roll-on, roll-off cargo for a total of 285,894 and a 7.4 percent gain in total Ro-Ro units over the same period last year.