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Port of Savannah

Liberty County is located just 30 minutes from the Port of Savannah, which is the nation's fastest-growing container port.

In fiscal year 2014, the Georgia Ports Authority handled a record 3.14 million TEUs, up by 6.3 percent from the previous year, making the first time the port moved more than 3 million TEUs in a single fiscal year.

2014: A record year

According to the Georgia Ports Authority, 2014 was a record year for the growing Port of Savannah. Key accomplishments included:
  • Busiest year in TEUs: 3.14 million TEUs, up by 6.3 percent
  • Record freight movement: 29.4 million tons, up by 8 percent
  • Record roll-on, roll-off: 700,702 auto units, up by 10 percent
  • Bulk cargo: 2.73 million tons, up 8.4 percent
  • Approval of new crane expansion will bring total in February 2016 to 20 Super Post-Panamax cranes and nine Post-Panamax cranes
Port of Savannah transportA balanced ratio of imports to exports is vital to the port's success. At the Port of Savannah, 49% of cargo loads were exported and 51% were imported in 2014. Savannah also has a diverse trade profile that spans the globe, with 46.7% of trade with Northeast Asia. Other destinations and ports of origin include the Mediterranean, Southeast Asia, North Europe, Latin America, India's subcontinent, the Middle East, Oceania and Africa. The port has rail connectivity to every major destination east of the Mississippi, and its three gates support 40 lanes with 25 pre-check lanes.

Panama Canal and Savannah Harbor expansions

The Panama Canal expansion is expected to add value to ports like Savannah. It will increase the vessel capacity for existing locks from 4,400 TEUs to 12,600-14,500 TEUs and will add new locks to both the Atlantic and Pacific sides.

The Port of Savannah also also will realize a $1.4 billion capital investment known as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project (SHEP) over the next 10 years that is aimed to keep capacity 20% ahead of demand. It also will undergo a deepening of its navigation channel from 42 feet to 47 feet, which enables larger and heavier vessels to call on the port. A Project Partnership Agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Georgia Ports Authority was signed in October 2014, allowing construction to begin.