US governors Sonny Perdue of Georgia and Mark Sanford
of South Carolina have proposed to build a new joint port authority that could
handle poultry exports from the south eastern United States and expedite feed
imports for poultry production.
The two states would form a Bi-State Port Authority with a contract to be
approved by the two states' legislatures and ratified by the US Congress for a
port to be built on land owned by the Georgia Department of Transportation in
Jasper County, South Carolina.
Improve poultry industry
A new container port would benefit
the poultry industry in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama, a region that
produces 70% of US chicken meat, by providing an alternative to the higher cost
of shipping feed grains and oilseeds from the US mid-west.
Moreover, such a port is seen as a means to improve the poultry industry's
capacity to ship poultry products in refrigerated containers to Europe and the
Middle East, enhancing US competitiveness against Brazil's poultry