The Port of Savannah is the top port in the nation for the export of containerized agricultural goods.
"Agriculture is a major driver for Georgia's economy, contributing $74 billion in annual economic benefit and nearly 400,000 jobs across the state," said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp. "As this country's No. 1 port for the export of agricultural products, Savannah provides vital support for the state and nation, helping our farmers reach overseas buyers efficiently."
In calendar year 2019, agriculture accounted for 60% of Savannah's exports, or more than 843,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units. Forest products such as wood pulp, paper and logs made up the largest category of goods, followed by clay, cotton, poultry and peanuts.
For the fiscal year to date (July 2019-May 2020), total loaded exports have increased by 15,500 twenty-foot equivalent container units to 1.33 million TEUs.
"The production of raw material and agricultural goods, along with their supply chains, have remained strong throughout the pandemic," said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch.
During the pandemic, GPA has focused on ensuring both chassis and empty containers are available to support the movement of export commodities.
On-terminal projects to expand export capacity have continued throughout the crisis, including the Mason Mega Rail, with the first nine of 18 new working tracks complete and two new rail-mounted gantry cranes slated to begin work in July.
GPA's inland terminal, the Appalachian Regional Port, has seen increased volumes and export commodities coming from Northwest Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama. At the Port of Savannah, GPA has increased its on-time performance of vessel operations to achieve its best performance in three years.
The Port of Savannah handled 8.5% of U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10% of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2017.