Already the No. 1 U.S. port for new automobile imports, the Georgia Ports Authority’s Port of Brunswick is amidst expansion to nearly double its roll-on/roll-off cargo capacity.
Extending its philosophy to stay 20 percent ahead of demand some 80 miles south – from Savannah to its Brunswick facilities – GPA is assertively advancing development of hundreds of acres of additional properties at its Colonel’s Island auto terminal, including on previously unused portions of the island’s south side.
“We have tremendous room for expansion,” said Clifford R. “Cliff” Pyron, GPA’s chief commercial officer, noting that nearly half of 1,700 developable acres remain undeveloped for port-related use.
Called upon by nine steamship lines, the Port of Brunswick autoport, which for four straight years has handled more than 600,000 vehicles, trailing only Baltimore in total vehicle imports and exports, is a hub for such original equipment manufacturers as Hyundai/Kia (the leading importer), Mercedes-Benz (the top exporter), BMW, Subaru, Honda, Land Rover, Volvo, Nissan, Toyota and General Motors.
Longtime tenant International Auto Processing Inc. recently leased 49 additional acres at Colonel’s Island to expand its operations, while a unit of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has finished development of a 20-acre parcel, with another 20 acres now under development.
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