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SURFACE & DOMESTIC TRANSPORTATION www.joc.com THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE 45 Appalachian port will have a strong auto and carpet manufactur- ing base to rely on in northwest Georgia. While the port will help maintain the region's designation as the "Carpet Capital of the World," Lynch said, the new port in Chatsworth also is geared to serve Tennessee Valley shippers moving a variety of cargo destined for Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and farther west. The port authority has said the inland port will have initial annual capacity of 50,000 container lifts. Capacity will double under a 10-year development plan. It's also been estimated the new inland port will offset more than 350 truck miles per container, or close to 18 million miles every year, reducing Atlanta truck traffi c by 40,000 moves annually by providing a new intermodal option to and from the Port of Savannah. While Cordele's business in agricultural exports and auto part imports is growing, the Appalachian operation hopes to tap into the next phase of inland ports as intermediate distribution centers for metropolitan areas. That's where the industrial real estate growth is, according to commercial real estate brokerage group CBRE. The next phase of Network Georgia is about maintaining and expanding Atlanta's reputation as the main distribution center for the Southeast, Lynch said. "Network Georgia really starts with one of the fi rst major inland ports: Atlanta," he said. "At the GPA, we call it Port Atlanta, because that's what it is. I think Cordele fi ts into that too. Network Georgia is all about that." JOC Contact Reynolds Hutchins at reynolds.hutchins@ihsmarkit.com and follow him on Twitter: @Hutchins_JOC. You will not have to worry about how to move your cargo, as Maersk has more than 40 years of experience handling Special Cargo You can expect the world's largest fleet of modern and ever increasing open top and flatrack equipment Meet us at booth #613 at the Break Bulk Americas trade show! September 26-29, Houston #bbam2016 Global coverage, close terminal partnerships and advanced operating systems allow us to deliver your cargo when and EXPERIENCE CAPACITY GLOBAL COVERAGE where you need it. With calls at more than 276 ports all over the world, Maersk offers global coverage that is second to none WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT WHEN YOU USE MAERSK SPECIAL CARGO SERVICES TENNESEE ALABAMA Source: GA Ports Atlanta Appalachian Regional Port Cordele Savannah SOUTH CAROLINA NORTH CAROLINA GPA and Cordele Intermodal Services Partnership

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