The Atlantic Ocean and the Savannah River make Georgia a center of international trade. Facilitating global trade through strategic U.S. East Coast gateways, the Georgia Ports Authority is a leader in the operation of modern terminals and in meeting the demands of international business.
Georgia’s ports combine industry innovations with proven flexibility to create new opportunities along the entire global logistics pipeline, delivering what the market demands all with a commitment to environmental sustainability.
The Port of Savannah is the third fastest growing major port in the world and the largest single-container terminal in the United States. The Port of Savannah is the fourth busiest port in the United States and the second busiest on the East Coast.
In 2017, the Port of Savannah handled 3.85 million twenty-foot equivalent container units. Today, the port handles the most containerized poultry in the nation and has the most refrigerated containerized capacity of any East or Gulf Coast terminal.
The Port of Savannah is the third fastest growing major port in the world.
Down the road from Savannah, the Port of Brunswick is No. 1 for new auto imports in the U.S. and is the nation’s second busiest port for import and export autos.
For more information on the ports of Georgia see the Georgia Ports Authority’s website.
Georgia offers 144 public and private airports, 10 of which provide notable air cargo operations.
The world’s busiest passenger airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta. The Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in Atlanta is a cutting-edge, LEED-certified facility offering a global gateway through which travelers from throughout the world can connect with more than 150 U.S. cities. For those traveling from the United States, the international terminal is the gateway to more than 75 destinations in more than 50 countries.
Three hours by interstate or 30 minutes by air from the Atlanta airport is the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport, the center for air travel in Coastal Georgia as well as the South Carolina’s Low Country. With multiple airlines and flight times, and a location at the border of Georgia and South Carolina, Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport offers air travel convenience for the region. Here, you’ll have all the convenience of a larger airport with none of the congestion or long lines. The region is also two hours from Jacksonville, Florida’s international airport.
Georgia is home to both of Eastern United States’ Class I railroads, plus 25 short lines. Cargo is within two or fewer days by truck from 80 percent of the US industrial and commercial markets. CSX and Norfolk Southern operate rail yards in the region and short line carriers are also available.
Both terminal locations at the Port of Savannah are served by two Class I rail providers and offers immediate interstate access to the more than 150 trucking companies that service the Savannah region.
Additionally, Savannah is a major stop on Amtrak’s Atlantic Coast service between New York and Miami.
Georgia is also home to the largest intermodal facility on the east coast of the United States maintaining 1,200 miles (1,931 km) of interstate highways and 20,000 miles (32,187 km) of federal and state highways.
And with Savannah only a few miles from I-95 N/S as well as at the eastern terminus of I-16 E/W, the city gives residents speedy access to Atlanta, the center of the Southeastern universe, only 263 miles (423 km) away.