Georgia Ports Authority

Economic Impact

Georgia’s deepwater ports foster growth statewide. They drive development and opportunity across a range of industries, reaching every corner of every county.

Statewide Impact

  • $84.1 billion in sales (9.6 percent of Georgia’s total sales);

  • $33.2 billion in state GDP (7.2 percent of Georgia’s total GDP);

  • $20.4 billion in income (5.3 percent of Georgia’s total personal income);

  • 369,193 full- and part-time jobs (8.4 percent of Georgia’s total employment);

  • $1.3 billion in state taxes; and

  • $1 billion in local taxes.

National Impact

  • $4.5 billion in federal taxes.

  • The Port of Savannah moved US$62.5 billion of containerized cargo during FY2014. 

  • In FY2014, 8% of total U.S. containerized trade moved through the Port of Savannah (based on tonnage).


 Title Description
Economic Impact of Georgia’s Deepwater Ports - FY 2014DownloadJeffrey M. Humphreys, Director; Terry College of Business; The University of Georgia; This summary highlights some of the findings regarding the economic impact of Georgia’s deepwater ports on Georgia’s economy in fiscal year 2014.