Port of Brunswick sets all-time record in May, grows Ro/Ro volumes by 26 percent


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Georgia Ports adds 120 acres of storage space  

JUNE 25, 2024 – The Port of Brunswick handled an all-time record of 86,577 units of Roll-on/Roll-off cargo in May, an increase of more than 18,000 units or 26 percent compared to May 2023.

“Brunswick’s proximity to domestic manufacturers and to vibrant sales markets make it a critical partner for the auto industry in driving new business,” said Georgia Ports Authority President and CEO Griff Lynch. “The recent addition of 120 acres of processing space, along with hundreds more acres available for development, make Colonel’s Island Terminal uniquely able to expand along with the needs of car manufacturers.”

Luxury vehicle exports to China were a highlight among Asian trade lanes, which along with services to Europe featured strong import-export business in finished vehicles last month.

Overall, auto processors moved just over 23,000 auto exports and 54,550 auto imports in May.

At 4,300 units, high/heavy machinery more than tripled GPA’s monthly average for the fiscal year through April. Exports totaled 3,440 units, while import units totaled 860. This followed GPA’s shift of Ro/Ro cargo previously handled at Savannah’s Ocean Terminal to Brunswick, as well as the diversion of some high/heavy units that normally would have exported via Baltimore.

GPA estimates roughly half of the machinery increase and approximately 15 percent of the auto increase in May was related to the Baltimore bridge collapse. Brunswick saw a larger impact on machinery, because most units were exports that had to be sent to GPA well before Baltimore’s Ro/Ro channel reopened in mid-May.

The May performance brings Georgia Ports volumes for the current fiscal year to date (July 1, 2023-May 31, 2024) to 796,000 units of autos and high/heavy machinery, up 20 percent compared to FYTD 2023.

“Our increasing Ro/Ro volumes are a testament to the outstanding work of our auto port partners and the reliable service customers have come to expect at Brunswick,” said GPA Board Chairman Kent Fountain. “Our thanks go out to the manufacturers, ocean carriers, our local ILA partners and the auto processors who have made Brunswick the nation’s most efficient gateway for autos and heavy machinery.”

The auto port at Colonel’s Island Terminal handled 57 vessels in May, an increase of 12 ships compared to the same month last year.

About Georgia Ports

Georgia’s ports and inland terminals support more than 561,000 jobs throughout the state annually, contributing $33 billion in income, $140 billion in revenue and $3.8 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. GPA anticipates investing $4.5 billion in the next ten years as part of its port master plan to expand cargo handling capabilities to support future supply chain requirements. As part of GPA’s community engagement efforts, $6 million will be donated to communities located near the Port of Savannah to support a multi-year, local workforce housing initiative. CNBC ranked Georgia #1 in the U.S. for infrastructure in America’s Top States for Business in 2023.    Area Development  – a site selection news outlet for the U.S., has ranked Georgia as the Top State to Do Business for ten consecutive years.  For further information, visit or contact Manager of Media Relations Edward Fulford at [email protected]  912-964-3806.