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4/23/2012



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Georgia ports set container-handling record in March


Last month, the ports of Savannah and Brunswick, Ga., handled 2.4 million tons of freight, the highest-ever level in a March, according to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA). 

Containerized cargo, which rose 8.3 percent year over year to 2 million tons, accounted for nearly 85 percent of the total and broke the previous record set in April 2011. 


“Record volumes for Georgia’s deepwater ports are good news for our region and its economic future,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz in a prepared statement. “We are cautiously optimistic about continued market recovery that will spur additional manufacturing and distribution opportunities.”


Auto/machinery volume last month totaled 57,001 units, up 30 percent versus March 2011. Much of the traffic was handled by the Port of Brunswick, is served by the Golden Isles Terminal Railroad, a Genesee & Wyoming Inc.-owned switching railroad that interchanges with CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway.


“The Port of Brunswick is the third-busiest U.S. port for auto imports, behind only Los Angeles and Newark,” said Foltz. “Brunswick’s diverse carrier fleet, superior location and ample space provide the GPA’s automotive clients a vital link to Europe and other global markets.”


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