CIS and Kia partners in Georgia's first inland terminal
They will handle up to 30,000 TEU containers per year to supply the Kia manufacturing plant in West Point. This partnership will save more than 6 million truck miles each year.
With this new partnership, KMMG will move auto parts via rail from the Port of Savannah to the inland terminal in Cordele and then to West Point via motor carrier.
KMMG currently employs more than 3,000 team members at the West Point location. Together with local suppliers, Kia has created more than 15,000 jobs in the area. Following a $100 million expansion project in 2011, the plant has a production capacity of 360,000 vehicles per year.
On July 22, the Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) Board of Directors, in conjunction with the state of Georgia, approved $19.7 million to fund the state's second inland terminal - the Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County.
Previously, the automaker would have trucked containers from Savannah to West Point. This agreement allows trucks carrying Kia parts to make much shorter hauls between Cordele and West Point.
Cordele Inland Terminal, served by short line rail providers, currently operates on 40 acres with an option to expand on additional available land nearby. Service areas include southwest Georgia, southern Alabama and western Florida.
Cordele was recently designated as an official container yard by shipping lines Maersk, NYK, CMA-CGM, MSC and ZIM which will save time and transportation costs for port customers. ■