The Port of Savannah is the top port in the nation for containerized agricultural goods, according to an announcement last Thursday.
The Georgia port saw agriculture account for 60% of its 2019 exports. More than 843,000 20-foot equivalent container units passed through the port carrying products like wood pulp, paper, logs, clay, cotton, poultry and peanuts.
"The production of raw material and agricultural goods, along with their supply chains, have remained strong throughout the pandemic," Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch said in a release. "The powerful commitment by the agricultural sector mirrors that of GPA's employees, the International Longshoremen's Association and the rest of our maritime logistics community.”
For the current fiscal year, the total number of loaded exports have increased by 15,500 20-foot container units to 1.33 million units. In the release, Georgia Ports Authority said it has focused on “ensuring both chassis and empty containers are available to support the movement of export commodities.”
Compared with other East, Gulf and West Coast ports, Savannah led in the percentage of agricultural container exports with 15.8%. Los Angeles and Long Beach followed at 15.3% and 10.2%, respectively.
"GPA's laser focus on the seamless flow of export commodities and the impressive growth at the ARP have created new avenues for American farmers to serve international customers," GPA Board Chairman Will McKnight said in the release.
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