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Savannah, Ga. - July 27, 2015 - The Georgia Ports Authority moved a record 3.66 million twenty-foot equivalent container units in Fiscal Year 2015, an increase of more than half a million TEUs.

"The deepwater ports of Savannah and Brunswick are cornerstones of Georgia's success, and major factors in creating new jobs and prosperity across the state," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal. "The wave of economic impact created by our logistics network supports virtually every industry, from manufacturing and agriculture to mining, distribution, technology and transportation."

Strong performances across business sectors also led to records in total tonnage and roll-on/roll-off cargo in the year ending June 30.

"Georgia's ports have seen phenomenal growth over the past fiscal year, due to a combination of West Coast cargo diversions, U.S. economic recovery and regional gateway shifts placing more demands on Georgia's terminals," said GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "Our people and our infrastructure rose to meet that demand flawlessly, handling record volumes while maintaining world-class customer service."

The 3.66 million TEUs crossing Savannah's docks in FY2015 constitutes a 17 percent increase compared to the previous fiscal year. FY2014 was the first year in which GPA moved more than 3 million TEUs.

"Part of ensuring reliability is investing in port infrastructure," GPA Board Chairman James Walters said. "Our development plans will follow our current practice of maintaining capacity at least 20 percent above demand - not only in Brunswick, but in Savannah, where we are buying four new ship-to-shore cranes and 30 more gantry cranes. Investments such as these will enable GPA to handle expanding cargo volumes both now and in the future."

Total tonnage in FY2015, reached a record 31.69 million tons, up 7.8 percent or 2.29 million tons. Of that amount, containerized cargo accounted for 25.89 million tons, also up 7.8 percent or 1.86 million tons more than in FY2014.

Fiscal 2015 also saw the highest-ever volume of intermodal rail moves. The Port of Savannah moved 369,347 containers by rail in FY2015, up from the previous record of 332,996 containers set in FY2014. The growing volumes moved by rail resulted in an increase of 10.9 percent or 36,351 containers for the year.

In other cargo sectors, the GPA achieved an 8.1 percent improvement in bulk cargo tonnage for a total of 2.95 million tons, an increase of 221,601 tons. GPA terminals moved 7.6 percent (200,875 tons) more breakbulk cargo in FY2015 than in the previous year. Total breakbulk, which includes commodities such as paper, rubber and steel, reached 2.83 million tons.

The GPA moved more autos and machinery than ever in the year just ended. Combined, Brunswick and Savannah moved 714,021 units of roll-on/roll-off cargo, an improvement of 13,313 units or 1.9 percent. Of the total, Brunswick handled 680,427 units.

Georgia's deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia's economy. The Port of Savannah handled 8 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 10.9 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2013.
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Elusive peak season drags trans-Pacific rates to record low

There is still no sign of peak season demand well into July, with freight rates on the trans-Pacific hitting their lowest level of the year and Asia-Europe prices continuing to slide, despite capacity withdrawals and cancelled sailings.

Asia-U.S. West Coast spot rates dropped 8 percent to $1,175 per 40-foot-equivalent unit this week, according to the latest reading of the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index. The rate is less than half what it was in mid-February and 36 percent lower than during the same week last year.

Trans-Pacific carriers have also not indicated any plans to remove the surplus capacity on either the U.S. West Coast or East Coast routes, and Alphaliner said this could result in continued rate weakness on the trans-Pacific trade for the rest of this year.

Asia-U.S. East Coast spot rates shed 6.2 percent to end the week at $2,635 per FEU. In mid-February during the height of the West Coast port congestion as shippers were diverting cargo, the all-water trade briefly edged past $5,000 per FEU.

On Asia-Europe, falling spot rates were briefly interrupted by an Asia-Europe general rate increase on July 1. That took rates up more than $300 per TEU in two consecutive weeks, but they have resumed their southbound slide.

Spot rates tumbled 25 percent this week to finish at $518 per 20-foot-equivalent unit, the SCFI data revealed. That is still well above the $205 per TEU level the Asia-Europe rate reached in mid-June but is 63.4 percent lower than during the same week last year.

It was even worse on Asia-Med routes, where rates fell 28 percent to $529 per TEU, down 68.8 percent on the same week last year.

With the traditional peak summer season so far failing to provide a boost to vessel demand, Alphaliner reports that the weak cargo outlook is forcing carriers to cut back on their capacity deployment plans.

The analyst said the number of idled ships has increased across all size segments in the last two weeks, with four units of over 10,000 TEU currently idle — all from G6 Alliance carriers. These ships were all previously deployed on the Asia-North Europe route but were temporarily without employment because of the cancelled sailing program undertaken by the lines.

More of the mega vessels from the Asia-Europe trade could end up without employment in the coming weeks following the Ocean 3 carriers’ decision to suspend one of their Europe loops for 12 consecutive weeks, Alphaliner noted.

According to FIS, the most recent withdrawal of capacity has not been mirrored by the 2M Alliance of Maersk Line and MSC, raising questions as to whether those that have withdrawn capacity will do so again in the near future, at the risk of losing market share.

Despite the consistent failure of GRIs, carriers on the Asia-Europe trade are lining up to levy August 1 rate increases of $1,000 per TEU.
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ASF Logistics strives to be the company of choice for global logistics by fostering a collaborative environment of partnerships, teamwork, and creativity. Our goal is to consistently deliver a competitive advantage to our customers through innovative and customized solutions which add value and sets them apart from their competitors.

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