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The Georgia Ports Authority said more than 3.4 million container units moved through the ports of Savannah and Brunswick in 2016.
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Georgia's seaports in Savannah and Brunswick are on track to show record growth for the 2017 fiscal year that wraps up at the end of June, the chief executive of the Georgia Ports Authority said Monday.

 

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Total cargo moving through the two ports is expected to top the nearly 32 million tons (29 million metric tons) of imports and exports Georgia saw in fiscal 2015, the ports' busiest year ever, said Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director.

Stephen B. Morton / Associated Press

The Georgia Ports Authority is reporting another month of record growth, in part because of larger cargo ships arriving in Savannah via the expanded Panama Canal.

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Griff Lynch, the authority's executive director, said Monday the Savannah and Brunswick seaports handled 2.94 million tons of cargo in February — up nearly 10 percent from the same month last year. It was also their second-highest monthly tonnage ever. That record was set in January.