Ga. ports container throughput up 9.7%
The Georgia Port Authority said its container volume for the fiscal year ending June 30 rose 9.7 percent to 2.6 million TEUs.
That followed a 10.1 percent drop in volume in the last fiscal year.
'The second half of the year was particularly strong with signs of economic recovery, retail sector inventory replenishment and continued strong demand for U.S. produced products boosting export volumes,' said Curtis J. Foltz, executive director. The port authority governs the Port of Savannah, one of the nation's top container ports, as well the Port of Brunswick.
Vessel calls to Savannah rose 4.2 percent to 2,123 calls, while total tonnage for both ports rose 7.3 percent to 24.2 million tons in the last fiscal year, the port authority said.
In June, Savannah recorded a 34.2 percent increase in container volume, to 135,279 TEUs.