August 14 - The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) moved 61,860 units of automobiles and heavy machinery in July, 2014 - up 8.5 percent compared with the same period last year.

In the broader breakbulk category, July's throughput grew by 7 percent year-on-year to 226,493 tonnes.

The GPA also reached an all-time high in container trade in July, moving 293,889 20 ft equivalent container units, which is a 19.2 percent increase over the previous year.

In overall trade, 2.52 million tonnes of cargo moved across GPA docks in July, up 12.8 percent or 287,600 tonnes compared to the same month a year ago.

"Improved confidence among US retailers, newly added port customers, and shifting cargo from US West to East Coast are all fuelling the growing cargo volumes at Georgia's deepwater ports," explained GPA executive director Curtis Foltz.