Georgia Ports Volume Jumped 25 Percent in April

Georgia Ports Volume Jumped 25 Percent in April

The container volume handled by Georgia’s ports jumped by 25.6 percent in April, making five months in a row that they recorded double-digit growth.

“The volume increase experienced in most commodity groups signals a continued economic recovery in most global markets,” said Curtis J. Foltz, executive director of the Georgia Ports Authority.

The number of containers moving through Georgia’s ports, mainly at Savannah, increased to 134,734 from 107,230 in March. Export containers continued to lead the recovery, posting a 30.4-percent increase.

“A relatively weak U.S. currency and strong foreign demand for our commodity groups are expected to continue,” said Foltz. “Trade projections remain optimistic with growing economic demand replacing the recent increase caused by inventory replenishment.”

Overall tonnage for April 2010 gained 16.4 percent, which brings the GPA’s fiscal year-to-date (July 2009 through April 2010) volume to a 6-percent increase compared with the same time period last year.

At the Port of Brunswick, the movement of auto and machinery units has also experienced growth for the past five months. Colonel’s Island Terminal moved 33,815 total units in April 2010, which is a 75.9-percent increase compared with April 2009.

For a full look at container volume, see JOC By the Numbers.

-- Contact Peter T. Leach at pleach@joc.com.