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Port of Savannah Remains Strong Amidst Headwinds

Christa DiLalo • 10/28/2022
Ports across the United States continued to face a variety of headwinds throughout the first half of 2022 - from elevated dwell times for cargo ships and landside bottlenecks to chassis shortages. However, conditions appear to have eased from earlier in the year at many major ports.
As of mid-year 2022, twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) totaled 2.88 million at the Port of Savannah, the fourth highest amount in the U.S. and an increase of 5.3% in activity compared to mid-year 2021. The Port of Savannah remains the fourth highest port for market share at 10.4%. 

Over the last few years, the top 10 maritime ports have accounted for approximately 85% of the total TEU volume handled throughout the U.S., which equates to some 27.2 million TEUs through the first six months of the year, a 5.2% increase year-over-year.  

As increased port activity has persisted at most of the nation’s maritime ports, industrial demand has unsurprisingly followed suit. Port industrial markets have proven to be some of the strongest in the nation as they feed some of the country’s most populous metropolitan areas. The industrial markets surrounding the top 10 U.S. ports encompass over 4.0 billion square feet of space, representing about 25% of the national total.  

With an inventory of 94.2 million square feet (msf), Savannah boasts a 0.6% vacancy rate with 4.99 msf absorbed as of Mid-September. Only five of the major port industrial markets (Inland Empire, Charleston, Savannah, Hampton Roads, and Seattle) yielded more than 4.0 million square feet (msf) of absorption year-to-date, with just Savannah and Charleston seeing the totals account for over 5.0% of the inventory. 

Since the start of 2022, industrial markets around ports have totaled 37.4 msf of new deliveries, accounting for just 1.0% of inventory and 19.3% of the U.S. total. Only Inland Empire, Houston and Savannah exceeded 5.0 msf of new product with the bulk of the new developments concentrated I in these three industrial markets, making up 61.8% of the total. These markets have more developable land than most other densely populated, more mature markets.  

For more, click here to read our North American Ports Report. 
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