The South Carolina Ports Authority recently held a celebration of the success of Inland Port Greer, a critical component of the intermodal container logistics landscape in South Carolina and the Southeast region.
South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland port facility, driven by tremendous success of the first inland port, which opened in November 2013.
“Inland Port Greer is one of SCPA’s most successful investments, as the growth of intermodal container volume movement in our state and region requires appropriate facilities in the interior to ground loaded and empty containers and to leverage the efficiency and sustainability of rail transportation,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “An additional inland port will be a great diversification of our logistics footprint.”
Approximately 23 percent of containers imported or exported through Charleston last year moved by rail, with nearly 260,000 international intermodal rail lifts handled in 2015. Intermodal volume has seen growth of 166 percent since 2011, driving increased demand for additional inland port facilities.
Inland Port Greer involves the convergence of four modes of transportation at one site: the port, rail, truck, and the nearby GSP International Airport all handling international commerce for the region’s shippers. It operates 24/7 and its located within 500 miles of 100 million consumers in the eastern U.S.
The inland port enjoyed a record volume of almost 9,000 rail container lifts in March 2016.
Newsome attributed the inland port’s success to several elements: an existing intermodal containerized rail service, an anchor client providing a significant cargo base at startup, and a willing local community of elected officials, business partners, and neighbors.