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18 The Journal of Commerce | April 30 2018 Special Report Roll-On, Roll-Off and Auto Shipping WHEN IT COMES to finished-automo- bile shipments, US South Atlantic ports are in a sweet spot. Regional population growth is boosting demand for imports, and new auto assembly plants are bolstering exports. "If the market is up, the South- east outperforms. If the market is down, the Southeast is better than the market as a whole," said Griff Lynch, CEO of the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA), which operates the ports of Brunswick and Savannah. "We're in a good position." Brunswick and nearby Jackson- ville, Florida, annually rank with Baltimore among the top three US ports in roll-on, roll-off vehicle ship- ments. GPA terminals and Jackson- ville each handled nearly 700,000 units in their most recent fiscal year. Charleston handled more than 260,000, and Port Canaveral, Flori- da, has a growing market presence, albeit from a much lower base. Region's ports invest in infrastructure to meet demand for autos and heavy ro-ro shipments By Joseph Bonney

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