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Brunswick GA is a port city in southeastern Georgia (USA) with population around 16,000 (metro over 110,000), ranking it as Georgia's 2nd largest (after Savannah). Brunswick harbor is on the Atlantic Ocean, approx 60 km (40 ml) north of Florida, and approx 130 km (80 ml) south of South Carolina.
The first settlement was established by British colonists in 1738. Its city status was granted in 1856. Before WW2 (1939-1945), Brunswick was an important port and a strategic military base with a shipbuilding facility run by JA Jones Construction Company.
City's largest private employers are Southeast Georgia Health System, King & Prince Seafood (Gorton's of Gloucester, subsidiary of Nippon Suisan Kaisha), eBay Enterprise, Pinova (specialty rosins, polyterpene resins), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation (business jet aircraft manufacturer, subsidiary of General Dynamics), Georgia-Pacific mill (wood pulp is producer).
Tourism is the city's largest industry. Brunswick and the Golden Isles are popular among both domestic and international tourists as resort vacation destination and visited the whole year round. The region is famous for its beaches, resorts, restaurants and shops, historic sites. The city is served by Brunswick Golden Isles Airport with daily roundtrip flights to Atlanta GA (Hartsfield–Jackson Airport). Through the city pass 3 federal highways (routes 17, 25 and 341).
City's current economy is largely based on seaport activities, logistics and tourism. By handled annual traffic (10% of USA's Ro-Ro shipping trade), Port Brunswick is ranked USA's 3rd largest - after Los Angeles and NYC (Newark NJ).
Port Brunswick is one of the most productive on the US East Coast and ranked USA's 6th-busiest by automobile shipping volume. From here are exported most of the US-made car brands (Ford and GM), as well as for Mercedes-Benz. Among the imported car brands are Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, VW, BMW. Other exports include agricultural products and various bulk cargoes.
The port is managed by Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) and has 4 main cargo terminals - Colonel's Island (RoRo terminal and Agri-bulk terminal), Mayor's Point (within the city) and Marine Port (southwest of the city). By GPA’s USD 1,7 billion Colonel’s Island Terminal project, the facility will be expanded to 666 acres (2,7 km2).
For FY2019 (fiscal year, ending June 30) Port Brunswick reported annual volumes of 613,680 cars and machinery units (at Colonel’s Island Terminal), which is GPA’s main Ro-Ro port for import-export vehicles (cars, trucks, tractors). Terminal's cargo volumes grew by 4% (over FY2018). East River Terminal (operated by Logistec) reported ~1,2 million tons of bulk cargoes (20% / 203,000 tons increase) largely due to increase in shipping of wood and peanut pellets and perlite (amorphous volcanic glass).