GPA’s Box Volumes up in November

The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) reported for the month of November a 6.5 percent increase in total container traffic, which was fueled by a strengthening export market and a busy peak holiday season.

The GPA’s Port of Savannah moved 167,333 containers, an improvement of 10,210 over November 2015.

For the month, the Port of Savannah handled a record number of loaded container units, amounting to 246,877 TEUs, according to the GPA.

Loaded export TEUs totaled 107,145, an increase of approximately 10 percent, while import loads grew by 12 percent, reaching 139,732 TEUs.

“An increasing demand for America’s exports abroad and strong consumer confidence here at home are helping to boost cargo throughput,” Griff Lynch, GPA Executive Director, said.

Last month, the GPA said that the Port of Savannah achieved its busiest October ever for loaded containers, moving 251,566 TEU container units during the month.

The port handled 8.2 percent of the US containerized cargo volume and 10.3 percent of all US containerized exports in 2015, according to the GPA.

From September through November, the GPA moved nearly 920,000 total TEUs.

Total cargo across all GPA terminals in November reached 2.55 million tons, an increase of 2 percent, or 46,000 tons. Of that figure, container tons totaled 2.25 million tons, with breakbulk at 198,596 tons and bulk cargo totaling 100,802 tons.