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Subject: News Release - Port of Savannah Exports More than One Million TEUs for FY2008

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Port of Savannah Exports More than One Million TEUs for FY2008
Port of Brunswick Breaks New Record for Bulk Cargoes

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Savannah, GA ¡V July 28, 2008 ¡V Georgia Ports Authority¡¦s (GPA) Chairman of the Board Steve Green announced today the GPA handled more than 2.6 million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit containers) in fiscal year 2008, a 14.9-percent increase, setting a record for containers handled at the Port of Savannah. The GPA¡¦s total tonnage for all terminal facilities, including Bainbridge, Brunswick, Columbus and Savannah surpassed 25.8 million tons, a 17.5-percent increase, which is also a record for the Authority.

¡§I would like to thank the men and women of the GPA and the entire maritime community for making this remarkable year of growth a reality,¡¨ said Green. ¡§The commencement of the Savannah Harbor Deepening Project will help ensure our future success.¡¨

For the first time in GPA¡¦s history, the Port of Savannah¡¦s total exports exceeded one million TEUs. ¡§In addition to exporting more cargo than ever before to the Far East and Mediterranean we added significant new export market share to the India Subcontinent,¡¨ said Doug J. Marchand, GPA¡¦s Executive Director.

Export TEU's
Top 5 for FY2008

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2007

2008

% Change

1. Peoples Rep of China

141,776

175,208

23.60%

2. Republic of Korea

65,093

60,875

-6.50%

3. Japan

48,512

58,003

19.60%

4. Turkey

31,817

47,328

48.80%

5. Italy

34,944

44,324

48.80%

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2007

2008

% Change

1. Wood Pulp

142,649

179,915

26.10%

2. Paper & Paperboard, incl. waste

84,449

136,505

61.60%

3. Fabrics, incl. raw cotton

50,571

57,664

14.00%

4. Poultry, chiefly fresh & frozen

38,660

57,622

49.10%

5. Drilling mud & soil CMP

57,080

53,827

-5.70%

Export TEU's
Faster Growing Among Top 25 for FY2008

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2007

2008

% Change

1. India

5,218

18,335

251.4%

2. Viet Nam

3,209

11,149

247.4%

3. Philippines

6,980

14,791

111.9%

4. Egypt

6,453

12,630

95.7%

5. Russia

5,929

11,455

93.2%

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2007

2008

% Change

1. Wood boards

2,258

8,617

281.6%

2. Plastic prods. misc.

4,258

10,936

156.8%

3. Grocery prods. misc.

4,159

9,412

126.3%

4. General cargo, misc.

9,747

20,671

112.1%

5. Automobiles

10,436

19,285

84.8%

Total TEUs exported to China surpassed 175,000, a 23.6-percent increase compared with the previous year, Marchand added. GPA exported more than 18,000 TEUs to the emerging market of India, two and a half times more than the previous fiscal year.

In Brunswick, the GPA surpassed 2.6 million tons, an eight-percent increase over the previous year. Colonel¡¦s Island Terminal handled more than 1.6 million tons, a 29.4-percent increase. ¡§The recently completed harbor deepening in Brunswick has allowed Georgia to realize new opportunities,¡¨ said Marchand.

Additionally, the Port of Brunswick posted its most successful year in the movement of bulk cargoes. GPA handled more than 800,000 tons of bulk cargoes at the Colonel¡¦s Island Breakbulk Facility, an 85.6-percent increase.

Georgia¡¦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 Georgia¡¦s bustling economy.

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