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Ga. Ports Authority hits cargo record


Georgia Ports Authority moved nearly 5 percent more cargo this April than the same period last year.

It moved 2.4 million tons of cargo in April, which is an increase of 4.7 percent or 108,532 tons from April 2012.

The boost was from a strong performance in containers, bulk and Roll-on/Roll-off cargo, according to a news release.

"Our total tonnage makes April the highest volume month on record," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz, in a statement. "And with companies like Haier appliances, Kent bicycles and Pep Boys recently choosing the Port of Savannah, our drawing power for cargo is only getting stronger."

The Georgia Ports Authority also saw a 4 percent increase in container traffic for April, moving 258,951 twenty-foot equivalent units. That's 10,040 TEUs more than April 2012.

In April, 57,709 auto and machinery units were moved, which was the GPA's third highest month for roll-on, roll-off cargo, according to the news release.

Since July 1, Brunswick and Savannah ports had a 14.1 percent increase from the previous fiscal year to date and moved 526,348 units.

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