Memphis rooting for Savannah port expansion

An article in this past Sunday's Savannah Morning News illustrates the extensive reach of Memphis as a commercial hub. The piece, headlined "Savannah deepening receives diverse and widespread support," examines the forces arrayed in favor of a large-scale expansion of the Savannah, Ga., seaport, which received a tentative OK four months ago from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "They are cities and states, corporations and small businesses, trade associations and transportation giants," including interests from right here in Memphis.

With a metro population of just more than a million people, it is a huge logistics hub with more than 150 million square feet of industrial space. It's home to FedEx, International Paper and a host of other major companies.

So why does Memphis care about deepening the Savannah Harbor?

"We just recently completed the Memphis Regional Freight Infrastructure Plan, which identifies Savannah as a very important East Coast gateway port for Memphis," said Dexter Muller, senior vice president of community development for the Greater Memphis Chamber.
Both CSX and Norfolk Southern railroads are located on terminal at Georgia Ports. The two Class 1 railroads also have significant logistics facilities in Memphis.
"The improved deepwater harbor with its direct connection between Savannah and Memphis is not only of regional but national importance," Muller said.

This is definitely something to watch as railroads and other companies continue to expand intermodal facilities in Memphis. More on that here, here and here.

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