US poultry industry supports Savannah Harbor expansion project
Improvements would provide $174 million in annual net benefits to US
The final documents for the Savannah Harbor Expansion Project in Georgia have been released for review by state and federal agencies, and the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council is among those showing its support for the $652 million project.
According to the study, the expansion, which involves deepening the harbor by an additional five feet to 47 feet at mean low water, will provide $174 million in annual net benefits to the nation. “It’s no coincidence that Savannah is America’s single largest gateway for poultry exports and that Georgia is the nation’s leading producer of chicken," said James H. Sumner, president of the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council. "The strategic location of the Georgia ports has helped to empower Georgia to be one of the largest exporters of poultry, benefiting the entire U.S. industry."
The project is currently on schedule for expansion by 2014. "As we often explain, 96 percent of our consumers live outside the United States," said Sumner. "To miss this opportunity would be unthinkable.”