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  January 27th, 2017 | Written by

SC Ports Authority Container Volume Climbs Five Percent

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  • Loaded imports and exports achieved over seven-percent growth at South Carolina ports during the first half of FY 2017.
  • Jim Newsome, CEO: “We remain cautiously optimistic.”
  • Inland Port Dillon, South Carolina, is expected to open by the end of the year.

The South Carolina Ports Authority has reported a 5.4-percent increase in TEU volume for the current fiscal year to date, with 1,029,450 TEUs handled since the period began in July.

December was a solid finish to the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, with 164,480 TEUs moved last month, a year-over-year increase of nearly 14 percent.

As measured in pier containers, or total box volume, SCPA handled 92,956 boxes last month, up 12.8 percent compared to the same month last year. Fiscal year to date pier container volume is up 5.4 percent, with 580,880 boxes moved at its North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals.

“The port is experiencing an all-time high container volume, with loaded imports and exports achieving over seven-percent growth,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA President and CEO. “Looking ahead to the second half of our 2017 fiscal year, we remain cautiously optimistic as we continue to prepare for the deployment of 14,000-TEU ships and improve our existing infrastructure. We are also excited about the development plans for the new Inland Port Dillon and the efficiency and flexibility benefits the project will bring to shippers in that area.”

In September 2016, the SCPA announced plans to develop a second inland port in Dillon, South Carolina, to support growth of intermodal container volumes and expand access to markets in neighboring states and throughout the northeast and midwest. Inland Port Greer opened in November 2013. The new terminal will be located in the Carolinas I-95 Mega Site. SCPA will break ground on the new terminal in the first quarter of 2017 and plans to open the facility by the end of the year.

Rail moves at Inland Port Greer continued to be strong, with 9,180 moves last month. With 54,072 rail lifts since July, the facility’s rail volume is up 28 percent over the same period last year.

The Port of Charleston handled 61,377 pier tons in December, pushing fiscal year to date volume to 422,120 pier tons moved across SCPA docks. Charleston exceeded fiscal year to date plans by 8.5 percent.