Georgia ports hit record cargo volumes

| July 25, 2017

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WCTV) – The Georgia Ports Authority says bigger ships using an expanded Panama Canal pushed its cargo volumes to record levels in fiscal year 2017.

The state agency reported Monday that its seaports in Savannah and Brunswick handled 33.4 million tons of total imports and exports. This year marks the ports’ greatest tonnage ever and an increase of 8.3 percent over the previous year.

The Port of Savannah, the fourth-busiest U.S. container port, moved a record 3.85 million container units, which is an increase of 6.7 percent over fiscal year 2016.

Griff Lynch, the port authority’s executive director, called the Panama Canal expansion “the largest single game changer” in terms of fueling growth.

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