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  • Writer's pictureStephen Fodor

Georgia Ports ends roller-coaster year on upside

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

January 27, 2021

(American Shipper) Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch described 2020 as a year of “the low of lows and high of highs.”

Those highs helped propel the GPA to move more than 4.68 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in 2020, a 1.8% increase over the year before.

“When we think about where we were in the July time frame, I never would have expected or anticipated that we would come out positive year-over-year for the annual number,” Lynch said. “In October we broke the all-time record. Then in November we topped that. We said, ‘OK, we might have a chance of closing out the year on the container side with positive numbers.’ And then December came through.”

In fact, December 2020 was the busiest December ever at the Port of Savannah. The 447,525 TEUs moved made for a year-over-year increase of 24%, or 86,700 TEUs. Total cargo crossing all docks reached 3.33 million tons in December, up 12.5%. Rail volumes for the month grew 16.4%, or approximately 10,900 TEUs, for a total of 77,230 TEUs.

The last three months of 2020 also made for the best quarter in the GPA’s history.

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