The port of Savannah became the top port in the United States for the export of containerised agricultural goods. In 2019, agriculture accounted for 60% of Savannah’s exports, which translates to more than 843,000TEU. For the fiscal year to date (July 2019-May 2020), total loaded exports have increased by 15,500TEU to 1.33 million TEU.
“Agriculture is a major driver for Georgia’s economy, contributing US$74 billion in annual economic benefits and nearly 400,000 jobs across the state,” highlighted Georgia governor Brian Kemp.
Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) says that during the pandemic, it has focused on ensuring both chassis and empty containers are available to support the movement of export commodities. Through its association with the South Atlantic Chassis Pool II and the completion of a new on-terminal chassis yard, the Port of Savannah provides customers with access to the largest chassis pool in the Southeast. In addition, GPA’s team has focused on cargo owners and other contacts to ensure a reliable supply of containers, according to an announcement.
“The production of raw material and agricultural goods, along with their supply chains, have remained strong throughout the pandemic,” stated GPA executive director Griff Lynch. “The powerful commitment by the agricultural sector mirrors that of GPA’s employees, the International Longshoremen’s Association and the rest of our maritime logistics community.”