A press release issued by Gov. Nathan Deal’s office today announced the partnership between Kia Motors and Cordele Intermodal Services to move auto parts from Savannah to Kia’s manufacturing plant in West Point. Approximately 30,000 containers will travel from the Port of Savannah via railroad to the inland terminal located in Cordele. The containers will then be transported by motor carrier to West Point. The plan expects to save over 6 million truck miles every year.
I am proud that these types of plans are being formulated to reduce the burden on I-16 and other highways and roads leading from the Port of Savannah.
“Kia has been a remarkably successful economic driver for West Point and Georgia’s inland terminals provide a new efficient way for companies to transport goods throughout the state. This partnership and use of the inland port will reduce congestion on our highways and lower transportation costs, using new infrastructure to benefit both companies and the West Point area. The inland rail yards enable Georgia companies to grow to meet the demands of the Southeastern states, while bolstering economic development across the state.”
Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch:
“Cargo can be loaded onto trains, moving hundreds of containers in a single trip, staged at an intermodal yard, then trucked for much shorter distances. This model drives out waste and redundancy in the supply chain, delivering greater efficiency for customers and environmental benefits through reduced diesel consumption.”