The Georgia Ports Authority achieved significant gains in November, with a 6.6-percent increase in 20-foot equivalent container units (TEU) for the month and a 7.3-percent increase in total tonnage across all terminals.
The GPA saw 243,233 TEU in November and reached 2,414,630 in total tonnage for the month. That compares to 228,184 TEU and 2,249,431 total tons in November 2012.
“New customers, combined with better than anticipated growth in the national economy in recent months, have boosted terminal throughput for November and for the fiscal year to date,” stated GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz.
In addition to the monthly gains, the GPA recorded more than 1.3 million TEU for the fiscal year to date through November, for a 5.5-percent (or 68,374 TEU) increase over fiscal-year 2013. In total cargo, the GPA has seen more than 12 million tons through the first five months of the fiscal year, an 8.8-percent increase over the 11 million tons moved during the same period in FY2013.
“Georgia’s deepwater ports are capturing a growing market share because our efficient terminals make it easier and faster for customers to use our facilities, and our superior road and rail connections save them money reaching major markets such as Atlanta, Charlotte and Memphis,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson.