THE Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) said in a coronavirus update on its website that it has
temporarily discontinued Saturday truck gate hours at the ports of
Savannah and Brunswick as it has "experienced a precipitous drop in
However, there are brighter days on the horizon, according to the GPA, reported American Shipper.
"Bookings on the water show a strong increase, which is an important
indicator for a return to normalcy," the GPA said. "Another positive
factor for Savannah is increased demand from importers, with projects
coming online such as new distribution centres supplying US factories
for domestic production.
"Further, GPA is receiving multiple reports that indicate Chinese supply
lines and factories are resuming normal production," it said.
Factories throughout China shut down first for Chinese New Year and then remained closed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Port of Los Angeles has had 41 vessel calls cancelled for ships
expected to arrive between mid-February and April 1, according to
executive director Gene Seroka.
"While cargo volume has been soft, manufacturing will begin to ramp up
in China, which means we should see a start of having more ships and
more cargo coming in the months ahead. While the potential surge in
imports may cause some logistical challenges, that likely will mean more
work and a boost to the local economy," Mr Seroka said.