The partnership, announced by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, will see Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) move auto parts via rail from the Port of Savannah to the inland terminal in Cordele and then to West Point via truck, saving over 6M truck journeys a year, according to the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA)
"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," said Deal. "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."
"Working with our state partners, as well as our suppliers, in this way not only benefits KMMG, but also increases efficiency, which adds value to the end product, ultimately benefiting our customers," said Stuart C. Countess, chief administrative officer of KMMG. "We see this as another example of our company philosophy of continuous improvement."
Cordele is owned by Cordele Intermodal Services (CIS), and operated in partnership with the GPA. ”There is a direct cost savings to the importer," said CIS President Jonathan Lafevers. "Furthermore, storage and handling fees are reduced or completely eliminated by utilizing Cordele as the origin and destination location for the containers."
"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," said GPA Executive Director Griff Lynch. "This model drives out waste and redundancy in the supply chain, delivering greater efficiency for customers and environmental benefits through reduced diesel consumption."
CIS has its own switching locomotive, and is served by short line rail providers. It currently operates on 40 acres with an option to expand. The terminal was recently designated as an official container yard by shipping lines Maersk, NYK, CMA-CGM, MSC and ZIM.