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Southern Ports Break Records as Panama Canal Anniversary Nears

  • Georgia, Virginia ports handled most volume ever in May
  • South Carolina ports seeing robust annual growth, up 9.4%
PhotographerL Rodrigo Arangua/AFP via Getty Images

Southern ports are experiencing a record foreign trade boom thanks in part to an expanded Panama Canal that permits Asian cargo ships to reach them more easily.

Georgia Ports Authority and the Port of Virginia, which include the nation’s fourth and fifth largest ranked by volume, respectively, each moved the most cargo they have ever handled in May. The two ports posted more than 10 percent year-over-year volume growth for the month.