USDA Grain Transportation Report (12/22): Amid Expansion, Savannah Port Overhauls Ocean Terminal

According to today's USDA Grain Transportation Report, the Port of Savannah plans to invest $410 million in upgrading one of its terminals to accommodate larger ships, while transforming the port’s infrastructure, by 2025, to deal almost exclusively with container cargo. (See, also, Grain Transportation Report, April 14, 2022, third highlight.)

Approved by the Georgia Ports Authority’s governing board on December 5, the project will convert the ocean terminal to handle container cargo, and the terminal’s berths will be upgraded to service two large ships simultaneously, using eight new ship-to- shore cranes.

Although incoming cargo has begun to subside amid inflation and shifting consumer habits, August and October were two of the Savannah port's busiest months ever.

Between January and October of 2022, the Port of Savannah exported approximately 40,000 TEUS of containerized grain, making it the fifth largest gateway for exporting containerized grain.