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Friday, 31 July 2015

GPA plans 100,000 TEU Appalachian Regional Port

Officials from the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), Murray County and CSX Transportation signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to create a new inland port in the north of the state of Georgia.

The proposed Appalachian Regional Port will have a capacity of 50,000 TEU in the first phase which is expected to open by 2018. This is projected to grow to 100,000 TEU by 2028 under the authorities 10-year development plan.

"Our goal is to create the largest inland intermodal complex in the eastern third of the U.S., expanding our reach with more economical shipping alternatives for new and existing customers," James Walters, board chairman of the GPA said.

"As part of our Network Georgia initiative, we intend to collaborate with communities and transportation partners for the development of future sites.”

The port will create a direct link from the Port of Savannah to the region and to neighbouring states. It follows the development of a similar intermodal facility at Cordele Inland Port in 2013.

The Appalachian Regional Port will serve import and export industries in the region, notably production and export of carpet and flooring, automobiles and tires.

"The Appalachian Regional Port will make those commodities more competitive in the global market by saving port customers money on inland transit costs. Moving more containers to rail will also reduce carbon emissions," Curtis Foltz, executive director of the GPA commented.

Located on 42 acres near to U.S. 411 and Interstate 75, it is estimated that the port will reduce Atlanta truck traffic by 40,000 moves annually, according to GPA officials.

“The inland port will provide important competitive advantages to our existing industries. This development will also bring new jobs to Murray County, not only in logistics, but in support industries and the broader community,” Brittany Pittman, Murray County Commissioner 

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