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Friday, September 14, 2012 - 3:26am

Ports: August Business Up 13%

The Georgia Ports Authority said Thursday business was up across the board last month at its shipping terminals in Savannah and Brunswick.

The state agency said the ports moved a total of 2.3 million tons of cargo in August, an increase of 13 percent from the same month a year ago.

At Savannah, the nation's fourth busiest container port, shipments of containerized imports and exports were up nearly 14 percent compared to August 2011.

The Brunswick port also saw gains. Shipments of breakbulk cargo nearly doubled last month compared to the previous year, as did the number of automobiles and units of heavy machinery moving through the port.

Georgia port officials say 259 ships called on Savannah and Brunswick last month — an increase of 36 ships from August 2011.