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The Georgia Ports Authority and CSX are now providing seven-day-a-week rail departures between the Port of Savannah’s Mason Mega Rail Terminal and the railroad’s CCX Yard in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, port officials announced yesterday.
The Carolina Connector offers customers three-day transit time from vessel discharge to cargo availability.
Savannah’s position as a first port of call for ocean carriers transiting the Panama Canal means cargo will be available at CCX before containers could be unloaded from a vessel at ports farther up the coast, said GPA President and CEO Griff Lynch in a press release.
The Savannah port's Garden City Terminal handled 49,115 containers by rail in August (approximately 89,000 20-foot equivalent units), an increase of 6% over the same month last year. Intermodal cargo represented 21.6% of total containers, an uptick in that ratio of roughly 7% compared to August 2022.