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Subject: News Release - The Savannah-Shanghai Connection: Securing Our Future through E-Tag Technology

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The Savannah-Shanghai Connection: Securing Our Future through E-Tag Technology
Georgia Ports Authority, Shanghai International Port Group launch E-tag cargo tracking project
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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
Last updated: June 2008

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
GPA and Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG) signed an MOU in Savannah on October 11, 2005. A signing of this document also occurred in Shanghai in August 2004. The partnership enables both ports to jointly promote all-water shipping routes between Shanghai and Savannah and to improve services for their customers. The partnership also enables both ports to share information and expertise in the areas of marketing, information technology, engineering and operations.

GPA Strategic Partnerships
GPA has strategic partnerships with other ports, including Sydney Ports Corporation, Panama Canal Authority, Port of Shimizu in Japan, and, as of Monday, June 2, 2008, Suez Canal Authority.

Active Partnership
A ceremony commemorating the collaboration between GPA and SIPG on the E-Tag cargo management system was held in Savannah, Ga., on June 3, 2008. This exciting program utilizes RFID technology to track cargo movement between the two ports. When fully implemented, the system will allow customers to make real-time decisions on cargo delivery. Potential for the system is usage by the Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection to monitor import cargo.

GPA / Asian Trade
          GPA is the biggest portal for trade with Asia among U.S. Mid and South Atlantic ports and the           biggest on the East Coast after NY/NJ.
          China, including Hong Kong, accounted for 39.3% of GPAˇ¦s total trade in 2007.
          Mainland China alone accounted for 36.1% of GPAˇ¦s total trade in 2007.
          Currently, there are nine direct container services between Savannah and Shanghai.

2007 Statistics

GPA is the biggest portal for trade with Asia among U.S. Mid and South Atlantic ports and the biggest on the East Coast after NY/NJ.
China, including Hong Kong, accounted for 39.3% of GPAˇ¦s total trade in 2007.
Mainland China alone accounted for 36.1% of GPAˇ¦s total trade in 2007.
Currently, there are nine direct container services between Savannah and Shanghai.

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