“There has been a diversion from the West Coast and Savannah has outpaced the rest of the East Coast,” Lynch said.
Imports started to surge in mid-summer and autumn as home improvement, gardening, furniture and various consumer items flooded in. While the pandemic stymied travel and entertainment, many people still had money to spend.
“When services went away, people turned their attention to buying goods,” Lynch said.
Officials say that Savannah and the smaller port of Brunswick support nearly 500,000 Georgia jobs. There are currently 1,376 people directly at the ports, virtually the same as a year ago, but officials said the growth in trade means they are hiring 75 more.