Thu., July 8, 2010 3:00pm (EDT)

Coastal Officials Plan China Trip
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 4 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson and former City Manager Michael Brown are shown in a previous trade visit to China.  (photo City of Savannah)
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson and former City Manager Michael Brown are shown in a previous trade visit to China. (photo City of Savannah)
Coastal Georgia officials are scheduled to return to China later this fall to renew trade contacts.

The September visit will be a second trip for some of those going.

Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, several city staff and officials from Brunswick and Hinesville are among those scheduled for an 11-day visit to Jiangxi.

Robert Morris of the Georgia Ports Authority says, in the first five-months of this year, the Savannah port has seen monthly double-digit growth, with most of that attributed to Chinese exports.

"In order to be a player in international trade, it's important to have a presence in the countries that you want to trade with, especially in China," Morris says.

The officials will attend a trade expo where they'll meet Chinese business and government leaders interested in doing business in coastal Georgia.