Port of Savannah: A Hub for Distribution
Fueled by the Port of Savannah
, the distribution sector of Savannah's economy is booming. The world’s largest distributors, from manufacturers to large-scale retailers, have facilities in Savannah including The Home Depot, IKEA, Dollar Tree, Target, Floor and Decor and more.
Savannah is ideally located on the Atlantic Ocean in the southeastern part of the U.S., which puts 70 percent of the U.S. population within a two-day drive by road, water, rail or air. More than three million square feet of distribution center space is available within a 30-mile radius of the Port of Savannah. Click here
to view some of our leading distribution employers.
Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
, conveniently located off of I-95, is Georgia's second-busiest airport with more than 40 direct daily flights. Direct connections to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world's busiest and most efficient passenger airport, quickly puts you in touch with the world.
In addition to its operational advantages, there is also more than three million square feet of warehouse space available within 30 miles of the Port of Savannah as well as 1.4 million square feet of covered storage with adjacent rail. The Port of Savannah also features the largest concentration of retail import distribution centers on the East Coast.
Travel by roadway is made easy thanks to Savannah's connectivity to the most extensive surface transportation network in the U.S. That includes major interstates I-16 and I-95, giving drivers easy access to the entire East Coast. Regionally, 77 percent of commutes are less than 30 minutes.
Two Class I railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern, further enhance Savannah's connectivity with the added benefit of service to the Port of Savannah on terminal. Overall, the state of Georgia has 24 short-line rail companies covering 5,000 miles of track. Future plans at the Port of Savannah include a $128 million project that will link two rail yards, improve efficiency and grow rail lift capacity to about one million containers each year.
The most impressive attribute of Savannah's logistics landscape is the Port of Savannah. Not only is the Port the largest single-terminal container facility of its kind in North America, it is also the fastest-growing and fourth-busiest container port in the nation. Most recently, the Georgia Ports Authority moved more than 30.8 million tons of cargo, 3.6 million 20-foot equivalent containers and more than 621,934 auto and machinery units in the span of one year. Future growth includes expansion of roads, rail, cranes as well as the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project, which will deepen the harbor to 47 feet with an expected completion in early 2020.
Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ)
The Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) program expedites and encourages foreign commerce by lowering the costs of U.S. based operations engaged in international trade thus providing a secure, efficient and profitable way to compete effectively in domestic and global markets. World Trade Center Savannah is the grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 104.
The FTZ program allows the U.S. to achieve its trade policy goals, including export promotion, while at the same time supporting domestic job growth and economic development.
To learn more about FTZ 104 click here.
Centers for Innovation and Logistics
Based in Savannah, the Center of Innovation Logistics connects with all logistics sectors to provide a unique combination of access to technical industry expertise, collaborative research and partnerships that cargo-owning companies need.