Based on cargo bookings, GPA is projecting roughly five percent growth for September compared to the same month last year, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 era.
"We frankly didn't anticipate growth for the months of August and September, but we are gratified by the loyalty of our customers and the dedication of our employees," said Lynch. "Although there is still much work to be done, Savannah's status as the number-one export port means it will play a critical role in the nation's economic recovery."
The Appalachian Regional Port (ARP), GPA's inland terminal in northwest Georgia, Murray County, also reported record volumes in August and projects similar results for September. The intermodal rail-to-truck facility at ARP connects the Port of Savannah to target markets in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky. Each roundtrip container offsets 710 truck miles on Georgia highways, and it helps solve issues related to hours of service limits for truck drivers. Georgia Ports is expanding ARP's storage areas to increase the facility's annual capacity.
ARP is helping to attract investment to Murray County. GE Appliances recently opened a $32 million logistics just two miles from the inland terminal, and Taizhou Huali New Materials Co., Ltd. (Huali Floors) recently announced plans to establish its first U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in the county.
Other ongoing projects to increase capacity at GPA include the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project - now 75 percent complete - and the Mason Mega Rail Terminal, which is close to 50 percent complete. The first nine working tracks on the expanded rail yard are now operational, and the second set of nine tracks will be commissioned in the summer of 2021.