South Carolina Ports Authority has seen strong volumes in the first four months of fiscal year 2020 with growth in both containerized and vehicle cargo.
S.C. Ports moved 217,360 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in October. SCPA has moved 855,959 TEUs since July, a 7% increase year-over-year.
As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 122,591 pier containers in October for a total of 484,549 pier containers in fiscal 2020, up nearly 7% from a year ago.
S.C. Ports handled 20,986 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in October. SCPA has seen a 36% uptick in vehicles coming through the Port with 79,238 vehicles moved thus far in fiscal year 2020.
Breakbulk cargo was also strong in October with 61,305 pier tons handled; breakbulk cargo is up 43% for the fiscal year with 247,111 pier tons handled since July.
“We have seen strong volumes in early fiscal year 2020 with growth across multiple business segments,” S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “While we face some uncertainty in the global market, we are working to further grow and diversify our cargo base to ensure continued success.”
S.C. Ports’s two inland ports consistently attract more cargo and report record growth. Inland Port Greer , located in the Upstate of South Carolina along Interstate 85, had 11,849 rail moves in October for a total of 54,514 rail moves thus far in fiscal year 2020, up 30% year-over-year.
Inland Port Dillon , which opened last year in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina along Interstate 95, handled 2,484 rail moves in October for a total of 11,151 rail moves since July.
“Southeast ports continue to outperform other U.S. ports, which is a trend we anticipate continuing as S.C. Ports offers customers reliability, efficiently run terminals and the best workforce in the business,” Newsome said. “Our ongoing infrastructure projects, such as the opening of the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in North Charleston in 2021, will ensure we have ample capacity to meet our customers’ future needs as well.”
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.