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Monday, July 25, 2011 - 7:06am

Savannah Port Sets New Record

Savannah's booming seaport has set another record for the amount of cargo moving through its gates after posting double-digit growth in the past 12 months.

Georgia Ports Authority executive director Curtis Foltz announced Monday that Savannah's port handled 2.9 million containers of imports and exports in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

That's an 11 percent increase from fiscal 2010. It's also a record for Savannah, beating the port's previous peak in 2008 by about 240,000 containers.

Foltz says the growth was fueled in part by retailers importing more goods to meet increased consumer demand in the first half of the fiscal year.

Georgia's port in Brunswick also handled a record amount of automobiles and machinery, moving 465,341 total units — up 40 percent from the previous year.