May 25, 2023
Over the past two years US inland ports have become a popular valve to unclog congested ports, but the concept remains on the advance in calmer waters.
The Georgia Port Authority (GPA) is poised to push more cargo from its docks to inland points, having obtained environmental approval from the federal authorities for an inland terminal near Gainesville, Georgia. Now it is moving to finalise a grant agreement with the Maritime Administration for $46.8m to build an inland port.
According to the GPA’s timetable, earthwork should kick off in July, leading to the start of terminal construction next January toward a start of operations by the summer of 2026. The facility will be able to handle 60,000 containers per year.
“Our expanding network is increasing rail capacity and connectivity between the port and major manufacturing sites around the state,” commented GPA executive director Griff Lynch. “Moving more cargo by rail eases interstate traffic and reduces the carbon footprint of the state’s logistics industry by making the most efficient use of the Georgia’s logistics infrastructure.”
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