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Container volume at the US Port of Savannah reached 3.14M teu in FY14, the first time that the port has moved more than 3M teu in a Fiscal Year.

The Georgia Port Authority (GPA), which oversees Savannah, said on 28 July that this unmatched container volume contributed to a record Fiscal Year in overall tonnage as well. In the 12 months ending 30 June, the GPA moved 26.7M tonnes of freight, up 8% on the levels in FY 13.

“Our ports support a broad range of industries, ranging from forestry and food production to auto manufacturing and retail,” said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “The additional cargo attracted to Georgia in FY14 speaks to the powerful and growing impact Georgia’s ports have on the state and region,” he added.

GPA posted record ro-ro business as well. At the Port of Brunswick, GPA’s dedicated auto and machinery terminal, ro-ro business totalled 674,327 units in FY14. Savannah’s Ocean Terminal added another 26,375 ro-ro units for a record 700,702 units, levels that are up 10% year-on-year.

Breakbulk cargo levels have increased 5.2% in FY14, reaching 2.39M tonnes. Bulk cargo increased 8.4% to 2.48M tonnes of agricultural and other bulk commodities.