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Port Of Savannah To Add 500 Acres Of Storage Space

Feb 6, 2017

The Georgia Ports Authority recently sold 500 acres of land for a private developer to build warehousing, distribution and transload facilities.

This is in response to growing demand from businesses for more storage space. The Georgia Ports Authority said it expects this sale will help it get closer to becoming a U.S. gateway port.

In 2015, more than 10.3 percent of all U.S. container exports left from the Port of Savannah.

Georgia Ports Authority executive director Griff Lynch said it's running out of storage space for customers and the 500 acres will mean an additional five million square feet of storage space.

Five miles from the Port of Savannah, developers will add five million square feet of storage space on 500 acres of land recently sold by the Georgia Ports Authority.
Credit Courtesy of the Georgia Ports Authority

Bill Stankiewicz is president of Savannah Supply Chain, a transportation consulting group. He says companies are always looking for more room.

"You're cutting down on transportation and the nice thing about Savannah is that there's always been an abundance of land near the port," Stankiewicz said.

He predicts this advantage over ports located near large cities will help attract more business to Savannah.

The Port reported record growth in November, December and January.

A new $128 million rail expansion project is also underway and expected to double the amount of goods leaving the port by train. 

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