SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track for a record-breaking fiscal year following a busy spring in which East Coast ports benefited from a West Coast labor dispute.
The Georgia Ports Authority said Monday it handled 2.84 million total tons of cargo in April, including 335,900 cargo containers. Both are monthly records for Georgia ports, beating all-time high numbers reached in March. Curtis Foltz, executive director of the port authority, said the increased cargo traffic means Georgia's ports will almost certainly post record annual numbers for the fiscal year that ends June 30.
A labor dispute over dockworker contracts on the West Coast virtually shut down ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach earlier this year, forcing shippers to divert cargo to Savannah and other East Coast seaports.