SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Georgia Ports Authority says the threat of a strike by East Coast dockworkers last fall cost the Port of Savannah enough business to hold its fiscal year performance just below a milestone 3 million cargo containers.
Port officials said Monday that overall tonnage of imports and exports at Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick increased 2.4 percent to a record 27.23 million tons during the 2013 fiscal year. Cargo containers moving through Savannah were down slightly at 2.94 million. It's the third straight year containers at Savannah have hovered just below 3 million.
Curtis Foltz, executive director for Georgia's ports, says tense contract negotiations for East Coast longshoremen last fall caused U.S. retailers to divert about 70,000 containers from Savannah to the West Coast. Ultimately a strike was avoided.
Created: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 03:15:30 EST
Updated: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 03:15:30 EST