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Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 3:31am

Georgia Ports Report Record Tonnage

Georgia ports received record volumes in the 2012 fiscal year for total tonnage and the amount of containers and autos that came through the ports.

Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz reported the ports showed strong growth in breakbulk and auto cargoes. The ports boosted overall tonnage to 26.5 million for an increase of 561,038 tons.

The port of Savannah moved 2,982,467 containers during the fiscal year. That's 2 percent more than what moved a year earlier.

Authority board chairman Robert S. Jepson Jr. said the growth in cargo handled by the ports shows the important role the Georgia ports are playing in global trade.