Georgia is No. 1 for U.S. distribution and supply chain hubs — and No. 2 for infrastructure and access to global markets (Area Development). Georgia also offers a robust rail and highway infrastructure. It’s home to the busiest airport in the world (Hartsfield-Jackson) and one of the busiest ports in the US (Port of Savannah), plus the intersection of two of the nation’s largest fiber-optic trunk routes.
International distribution becomes significantly easier when your business is near the most traveled airport in the world. 2,700 flights arrive and depart each day from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL), and the airport moves 100 million passengers and more than 650,000 metric tons of cargo annually.
Direct flights are available to 150 U.S. cities and 70 international cities in 50 countries. You can reach 80% of the U.S. market in a two-hour flight – or less. In 2018, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport was named “most efficient” airport anywhere by the Air Transport Research Society – for the 15th year in a row.
The airport’s total cargo warehouse space is 1.3 million square feet. Plenty of service personnel are available at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport to help send your products on their way — more than 100 licensed customs brokers, 200 freight forwarders and 100 trucking companies.
Deepwater ports in Savannah and Brunswick are Georgia businesses’ gateway to the globe and some of the busiest ports in the US.
The Port of Savannah is the largest single container terminal in North America and the second-busiest U.S. container port. It’s also the nation’s fastest-growing container exporter.
It’s simple to transport your products to and from the port:
- A high-speed truck route runs directly from the terminal to I-95 (eastern seaboard) and I-16 (to Atlanta and beyond).
- Georgia’s two Class I railroads, Norfolk Southern and CSX, are located on the terminal.
- Overnight train service runs throughout Georgia and to four other states: Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina.
- By truck, it’s just a four-hour drive from Savannah to Atlanta, Charlotte and Orlando.
The Port of Savannah is expected to complete a major expansion project by 2022. The expansion will deepen the river from 42 to 47 feet to accommodate larger New Panamax cargo ships, and save businesses an estimated $174 million per year.
The Port of Brunswick is No. 1 among busiest ports in the US for new auto imports. More than 30 manufacturers of auto and heavy equipment use this port to move cargo. Several of them use more than 500 acres to process imports and exports – and another 600 acres are available for expansion. All of this is a quick 2.5-mile drive from I-95 and U.S.-17. Additionally, Class I railroad lines Norfolk Southern and CSX are available at the terminal.
Exporters and importers can speed their freight to and from Georgia’s ports via Georgia’s two inland ports —one in the southern portion of the state, the other in the north. These inland gateways to Georgia’s deepwater ports provide an efficient option to an all-truck-dray to and from the ports for target markets.
- Cordele Inland Port in southwest Georgia gives exporters and importers in southwest Georgia, southern Alabama and western Florida a direct 200-mile rail route from Cordele to Georgia’s ports on the Atlantic coast.
- Appalachian Regional Port provides exclusive CSX rail service on a direct, 388-mile rail route between the Port of Savannah and companies in northwest Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Rated No. 3 in the nation for rail accessibility by Area Development Magazine, Georgia has one of the most extensive railway systems in the U.S.
Georgia is served by both of the Eastern U.S. Class I railroads, CSX and Norfolk Southern, along with 24 short line railroads. These rail providers travel on 5,000 miles of track, moving nearly 200 million tons of cargo each year. By locating your business in Georgia, you gain access to more miles of rail than any other state in the Southeast.
Georgia’s railroads work hand-in-hand with our seaports, and the $126.7 million Mason Mega Rail Terminal Project now underway will improve the efficiency of both. The project will double the annual rail capacity of the Port of Savannah to 1 million container lifts. By 2020, the Port of Savannah will host the largest on-terminal rail facility in all of North America.
Georgia’s six U.S. interstates — 1,200 miles of highway — connect you to 80% of the country in two days or less of driving time.
Get ultra-fast internet access in metro Atlanta, a key Southeast hub for fiber optic infrastructure. Two of the nation’s largest fiber optic trunk lines intersect in Atlanta, along with two major research lines (Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail).
Atlanta also has the advantage of core interconnection points from nearly every international and domestic fiber provider. AT&T and Comcast offer gigabit internet service, and Google Fiber is coming soon.
Atlanta’s fiber infrastructure is reliable, robust and easy to access, giving your business the competitive edge in high-tech and data-rich industries.
Georgia’s 80+ cold chain facilities provide a dependable infrastructure for moving your perishables and temperature-sensitive products. If cold storage is part of your infrastructure needs, consider:
- Georgia offers the 8th largest refrigerated space capacity of any U.S. state, with 80+ cold chain facilities and more than 19.5 million square feet of cold storage.
- The Port of Savannah offers more refrigerated container capacity than any other port terminal on the East Coast or Gulf Coast, enabling it to handle 40% of the nation’s containerized poultry exports.
- Three out of the five top global companies for refrigerated warehousing are located in Georgia, and two are headquartered here — including Americold, the largest cold storage warehousing company in the world.
In 2013, logistics giant UPS opened a second cold chain facility in Georgia. At 35,000 sq. ft., it’s the company’s largest cold chain facility in the U.S., with technological innovations that make the facility more efficient and productive.
- David Quintilio, VP Operations, UPS Supply Chain Solutions