Total GPA tonnage in July grew by 10.5 percent, or nearly 300,000 tons, for a total of 3.15 million tons. Breakbulk tonnage crossing all docks increased by 14.4 percent (33,494 tons) in July for a total of 265,891 tons of cargo. At East River Terminal in Brunswick, bulk cargo grew by 43 percent. Terminal operator Logistec moved an additional 29,670 tons last month, for a total of 98,483.
“Georgia has simply built a superior logistics solution and our customers and carriers are responding. We continue to deliver a congestion-free terminal operation, even with record growth,” said Jimmy Allgood, ports board chairman.
“Many jobs are being created in the logistics industry and beyond due to the growing business through Georgia’s ports,” Allgood said. “From 2014 to 2017, the University of Georgia found a 19 percent rise in jobs supported by the ports, or 70,000 additional positions, for a total of nearly 440,000 jobs supported by Georgia’s ports.”
The port authority operates Georgia’s primary deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick, as well as inland barge operations in Bainbridge and Columbus.