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Page 50 of 103 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 51 EAST COAST PORTS SPECIAL REPORT TH E G EORG IA PORTS Authorit y g rew import vol- umes through Savannah at rates far exceeding its Southeast competitors and the U.S. as a whole, in large part by attracting big-box retailers such as Home Depot, Target and IKEA to establish import distribution centers nearby. Their presence offered container lines a powerf ul incentive to include Savannah in their East Coast services, creating a model for growth that ports worldwide have tried to emulate with varying degrees of success. Savannah's transformation from an export port underscores the value of big-box retailers and a hybrid distribution strategy GEORGIA'S LESSON ON IMPORTS By Peter Tirschwell

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