The Georgia Ports Authority Board an increase of 6.9 percent – or 147,650 tons – in total cargo for February 2013 when compared to February 2012.
A 30.4 percent improvement over February last year in automobiles and machinery led the way.
“Increased roll-on/roll-off cargo among the 21 car manufacturers we serve indicates an improving market for auto sales,” Foltz said, adding that the new business is part of the broader story of GPA’s impact on the national economy. “Our exports of Ford, GM and Toyota, as well as luxury brands Mercedes and BMW, support car making jobs across the southern U.S.”
The continued growth of Georgia’s ports is good news for the state economy.
“Business expansion at Georgia’s deepwater ports translates into jobs and prosperity across the logistics sector, as well as having a positive impact on support industries and the broader economy,” said GPA Board Chairman Robert Jepson.