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Subject: News Release - The Savannah-Shanghai Connection: Securing Our Future through E-Tag Technology
The Savannah-Shanghai Connection: Securing Our Future through E-Tag Technology
Savannah, GA ˇV June 3, 2008 ˇV The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and the Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) commemorated the launch of an E-tag cargo tracking demonstration project today. With the use of an RFID technology system, the GPA and the SIPG will track cargo movement in real time from its point of origin to its final destination.
The GPA has had a partnership with SIPG, the worldˇ¦s second largest port, since 2004. This partnership includes cooperation on operations, marketing, and information technology. Recently the two ports developed a demonstration project equipping RFID tags, or ˇ§E-Tags,ˇ¨ on the container boxes of ships sailing from Shanghai to Savannah. Since March 2008, weekly sailings have had about 150 tags per vessel from Shanghai to Savannah. Recently, the GPA has begun sending containers with E-tags from Savannah to Shanghai, making it a two-way operation.
This demonstration project is a bold, proactive move by both ports. ˇ§By joining forces with the SIPG, we are improving the flow of trade and security through better technology,ˇ¨ said GPAˇ¦s Chairman of its Board of Directors Steve Green. ˇ§This program will also have a big impact on U.S. security and that of our trading partners.ˇ¨
ˇ§The threat against terrorism, stowaways and food contamination has made real-time container monitoring throughout the logistics chain an immediate necessity,ˇ¨ said SIPGˇ¦s Vice-President Bao Qifan. ˇ§China is the first to mobilize resources such as ports, shipping companies, cargo owners and the Customs and put the technology into use on a commercial shipping line.ˇ¨
Port of Savannah is the fastest growing port in the U.S. and the fourth largest. ˇ§Savannah now handles nearly half of total Mid- and South Atlantic trade with Shanghai,ˇ¨ said GPAˇ¦s Executive Director Doug J. Marchand. ˇ§We offer one of the largest selections of all-water service between Shanghai and the East Coast. Together, we are the first to bring together ports, shipping companies, cargo owners and customers to employ this new technology.ˇ¨
Also today, Georgia Logistics Innovation Center (LINC) in coordination with the GPA and SIPG hosted the E-tag Technology Roundtable: A look at the present and future, which was open to the public. It included brief presentations followed by discussion and commentary by academic, industry and government experts in the area of cargo container tracking technology, its application and future developments.
Georgiaˇ¦s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 286,476 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $14.9 billion in income, $55.8 billion in revenue and $2.8 billion in state and local taxes to Georgiaˇ¦s bustling economy.
Savannah-Shanghai E-Tag Pilot Program
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
GPA Strategic Partnerships
GPA / Asian Trade