THE Georgia Ports Authority reported that the Port of Savannah set a new record for the number of containers handled during August, reports Fort Lauderdale's Maritime Executive.
It was the third record in the past four months as carriers and shippers continue to increase volumes to US east coast ports.
As the contract expiration neared for dockers on the US west coast analysts had forecast that volumes were expected to increase for ports along the US east and Gulf coasts.
Savannah has been one of the primary ports experiencing a further surge in volumes beyond the record pace the port reported in 2021.
Starting in May, Savannah reported a new all-time high of more than 519,000 TEU. After a slight decline to 494,000 TEU in June the port has continued to see a steady increase in volumes.
July reached 530,800 TEU and August experienced a further 18.5 per cent increase to 575,513 TEU.
"The Port of Savannah's geographic and capacity advantages remain a driving force behind current and new customers deciding to move cargo through Georgia," said GPA executive director Griff Lynch. "Our central location, and service through the largest container terminal in the Western Hemisphere offers speed to market and unmatched room to grow."
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