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22 The Journal of Commerce | November 2022 www.joc.com Breakbulk & Project Cargo Executive Director Gri Lynch told The Journal of Commerce. Flagging imports The activity at Brunswick comes as US automobile imports slid during the first seven months of 2022, reflecting manufacturing issues and supply chain snarls. However, high and heavy ro/ro imports were up 15 percent for the period, according to PIERS, a sister company of The Jour- nal of Commerce within IHS Markit, part of S&P Global. Automobile imports into the US totaled 3.66 million metric tons (mt) from January through July, down 8.3 percent from the same period in 2021. Brunswick's tonnage was o 12 percent for the period, falling to 430,496 mt from 489,307 mt the previous year. NISSAN NORTH AMERICA has begun delivering automobiles to the Port of Brunswick, the Georgia Ports Author- ity's (GPA) 1,700-acre roll-on/roll-o (ro/ro) terminal on Colonel's Island, joining some two dozen original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) already moving automobiles and high and heavy cargo through the port. "Brunswick is a great fit into Nissan's network, based on its loca- tion close to our dealerships in the southeastern US, proximity to I-95 for truck haul-away, and rail connec- tions," J.S. Bolton, director of supply chain management for Nissan, said in a Sept. 27 statement. Despite the current sluggish automotive import market, GPA has allocated $60 million to expand its ro/ro capacity at Colonel's Island, adding new funding to $186.8 million in improvements that were approved in January and March. The port expects the work to be completed by September 2023, Cli Pyron, chief commercial o¤cer at GPA, told The Journal of Commerce. About 40 acres will be specially paved to withstand the wear and tear of high and heavy cargo, he said. The port has received federal approval to build a fourth berth at Colonel's Island. "For manufacturers seeking to serve areas such as Atlanta, Birming- ham, Nashville, Charlotte, or markets across Florida, the auto port at Colonel's Island oers the best mix of inland connectivity and a broad ocean carrier network," said Pyron. Some GPA ro/ro and breakbulk cargo is now handled at Ocean Terminal in Savannah, but over time that activity will all move to Bruns- wick, while Ocean Terminal will be converted to container handling, GPA Rolling into town Georgia Ports Authority adds Nissan to OEM roster By Janet Nodar The Port of Baltimore saw vol- umes drop 5.6 percent to 637,354 mt, while imports through Jacksonville, the third-largest importer of automo- biles by metric tons for the period, fell 17.9 percent to 326,781 mt. While US auto imports slid, total imports of high and heavy and breakbulk cargo on ro/ro ships were up 15 percent for the seven months through July compared with the year-earlier period, to 521,340 mt, according to PIERS. Jacksonville and Hueneme saw the largest increases, at 104 percent and 88 percent, respec - tively. High and heavy imports were up 28 percent at Savannah to 121,687 mt, while they fell 3.8 percent at Baltimore to 152,262 mt. email: janet.nodar@ihsmarkit.com twitter: @janet_nodar -22.4% -14.4% -21.2% 9.3% -5.6% -30.5% -4.9% -17.9% -12.0% -5.2% 0 100,000 200,000 300,000 400,000 500,000 600,000 700,000 800,000 Portland Benicia Long Beach Philadelphia Providence NY-NJ Hueneme Jacksonville Brunswick Baltimor e Jan.–July. 2022 Jan.–July. 2021 US vehicle imports tumble 8.3 percent through July Source: IHS Markit Notes: HS code - 8703 © 2022 IHS Markit Roll-on/roll-off (ro/ro) automobile imports through top 10 US auto ports, in metric tons, with year-over-year change Auto imports into the Port of Brunswick (pictured) fell 12 percent to 430,496 mt in the first seven months of 2022. Georgia Ports Authority

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