Savannah container volumes up 25.3%
The Georgia Ports Authority said it handled 130,310 containers in May, 25.3 percent more than in the same 2009 period, and the sixth consecutive month of double-digit growth.
'May was the sixth-busiest month ever recorded for container throughput and continued the string of double-digit growth experienced since last December,' said Curtis J. Foltz, the port authority's executive director. 'The growth experienced in the second half of this fiscal year continues to signal improved economic recovery, retail inventory restocking and ongoing strength in U.S. products overseas with significant export increases.'
Overall tonnage for May 2010 was up 12.4 percent, and has increased 6.5 percent for the fiscal year to date (July 2009 through May 2010).
At the Port of Brunswick, movement of auto and machinery units has also experienced growth for the past six months. The Colonel's Island Terminal moved 35,873 total units in May, an 82.4-percent increase compared with May 2009.