5 Reasons Why Georgia is the Logistics Capital of the Southeast

Center of Innovation for Logistics director Jannine Miller tells us why Georgia puts all the other Southeastern states to shame when it comes to logistics.


1. The world’s busiest passenger airport: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport


It’s no secret: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the busiest passenger airport in the world, with more than 250,000 people traveling through every day. And the site is now home to the 42,000 sq. ft. Perishables Complex, the only facility in the Southeast approved by the USDA to apply cold treatment to goods. (Source: Atlanta-Airport.com)


2. The nation’s fastest-growing seaport: Port of Savannah

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The Port of Savannah is growing faster than any other seaport in America. It has more than doubled its refrigerated cargo volume in less than 10 years, and Garden City Terminal has the capacity to handle 2,600 containers a week. With the deepening of the port underway, Savannah is further solidifying its status as the 4th-largest U.S. container port and increasing its potential to handle more cargo more quickly. (Source: Georgia Ports Authority)


3. Extensive Road & Rail Lines


We have the Southeast’s most extensive surface transportation network. With more than 1,200 miles of interstate highway and 4,700 miles of railway, 80% of the U.S. population can be accessed in a 2-day truck drive or 3-day train route. (Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development)


4. Record-Setting International Trade

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For the 5th consecutive year, Georgia exports reached a record level with nearly $40 billion in goods exported to 211 countries and territories in 2014. Exports to South Korea and Germany saw the largest increase from the previous year. Imports also hit a record-high with goods totaling $83.7 billion. (Source: Georgia.org)


5. Education is on the Fast Track

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As the No. 1 state for workforce, Georgia stepped up to meet the demand for workforce in logistics by creating the Fast Track Coastal Initiative. This 8-week certification program trains students for careers in logistics and ensures them two job interviews with big-named company partners like The Home Depot and Nordic.

To learn more about logistics in Georgia and to find out how our team can help your logistics company succeed, visit GeorgiaLogistics.com.

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