The Alabama Port Authority released its January, 2022 container volumes, posting the third highest lift rate in the container terminal’s history with 47,768 Twenty-foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) – a 17.5 increase year-over-year. 

Refrigerated containers also posted a 21.5% increase compared to January, 2021.  The Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) volumes grew by nearly 168% handling 2,579 TEUs. 

“The Port continues its strong growth due to the terminals’ offering of capacity, service and supply chain reliability,” said Beth Branch, Chief Commercial Officer.

The Port of Mobile’s capacity and fluidity is attracting permanent shifts in shipper supply chains under the pressure of national supply chain disruptions and announced investments in regional manufacturing, processing, and retail/distribution business lines. 

Last month, the State of Alabama announced the creation of the Alabama-USA Corridor, which is a $231.6 million program with Norfolk Southern to upgrade economic development infrastructure in central and southern Alabama. The A-USA Corridor initiative entails a 280-mile rail corridor that will serve in-state mega sites in Etowah, Shelby and Washington/Mobile counties, warehousing, and intermodal rail service connections between Norfolk Southern’s McCalla Intermodal Facility near Birmingham and the Port Authority’s container intermodal terminal assets at Mobile.

The Alabama State Port Authority oversees the deep-water public port facilities at the Port of Mobile.  The Port Authority’s container, general cargo and bulk facilities have immediate access to two interstate systems, five Class 1 railroads, nearly 15,000 miles of inland waterways and air cargo connections.