SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Georgia officials say the Port of Savannah set a record for cargo volume in 2018.
The Georgia Ports Authority reported Tuesday that Savannah's seaport handled 4.35 million container units in the last calendar year. That's an increase of 7.5 percent over the previous year.
The authority's executive director, Griff Lynch, attributes the growth in part to Savannah's "unrivaled connectivity" to major Southern markets as far inland as Memphis, Tennessee.
Savannah has the fourth-busiest U.S. port for handling imports and exports shipped by container. The giant metal boxes are used to ship goods ranging from consumer electronics to frozen chickens.
Overall, Georgia's ports at Savannah and Brunswick moved nearly 37 million tons (33.5 million metric tons) of cargo last year, a 5.3 percent increase over 2017.