The Peach State, better known as Georgia has fostered a growing economy through having a diverse set of major industries occupying the state. Agriculture is an integral part of Georgia’s economy. As the state’s nickname suggest, the Peach State is known for its peaches, but the state is also the number one pecan producer in the world. Other cash crops that come out of the state include; blueberries, peanuts and poultry products. Agriculture accounts for roughly $72 billion dollars of the state’s economy. According to the Georgia Farm Bureau, one in seven Georgians work in agriculture or a related field. A large agricultural industry typically means a high demand for flatbed shipping. Georgia is no stranger to transportation and logistics. Savannah, Georgia is known to have the fourth largest port in the United States. Georgia’s port supports over 369,000 jobs throughout the state as well as provides $20.4 billion dollars in income. Although these numbers are not quite as large as the agricultural sector, the ports play a significant role in the state’s growing economic infrastructure. The state’s rail system is also
considered to be the most extensive in the southeast. The state capital in Atlanta boasts the second largest inland port in the nation. The large rail system in place has the ability to enhance flatbed carriers options for intermodal transportation, which in turn can help reduce shipping costs.
Investments to the Ports in Georgia Will Save Shippers Millions in Costs
Georgia is a hub for economic activity due its extensive road, air, rail, and port infrastructure. The transportation network available in the state has generated a large portion of the state’s revenue and connected industries both domestically and internationally. Georgia governor, Nathan Deal, along with the Georgia state general assembly has set aside $266 million dollars to be devoted to construction for deepening the Savannah Harbor. This plan will allow larger vessels to dock the port and reduce shipping costs for American businesses by a projected $213 million. The Georgia Port Authority has also pledged to spend $1.4 billion dollars on equipment and project improvements over the next ten years. The port in Brunswick is quickly growing as it handles the majority of new automobile imports throughout the country. Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director, Curtis Foltz, in a recent address has stated that the Port of Savannah is making these improvements in order to double the port’s current throughput within 10 years.
Not only are the ports integral to the state’s economy, but flatbed hauling in the state is also vital. . Roughly 400 million tons of freight (over $620 billion in cargo) has traversed Georgia’s 20,000 miles of high-performance roads and 1,200 miles of interstate highways that includes I-75, I-85, I-95, and I-20. Logistics companies that operate within Georgia are also expected to benefit from $14 billion dollars of funding devoted to roadways frequented by carriers. The improvements in the state infrastructure are expected to benefit travel time into and out of the Atlanta metro area, and enhance accessibility to the Port of Savannah. Georgia is a hot
spot for truck drivers, especially heavy haul trucking, because roughly 80% of the United States market is accessible from the state. Georgia is a common ground for third party logistics providers such as Flatbed Hauling Quotes, and other supply chain logistics companies due to the advanced infrastructure and investments being made to improve the state’s transportation network.
Georgia is a hub for transportation due to the two expanding ports in Brunswick and Savannah. With increased improvements being made to accommodate larger vessels into the ports, the economy will likely experience an increased demand for flatbed carriers into and out of the area. But luckily the state has recognized the growth path and the need for state of the art infrastructure to accommodate shippers and drivers alike. Logistics companies, carriers, port authorities, and legislators have worked cohesively to continue to expand the transportation network and increase freight capacity in the Peach State.
David Bansleben, Contributing Editor