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  March 21st, 2023 | Written by

SC Ports Offers Access to Booming Southeast Market

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South Carolina Ports sees stronger-than-typical February for container volumes at the Port of Charleston as South Carolina continues to attract new business.

Thus far in fiscal year 2023, SC Ports has handled nearly 1.8 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) and 978,374 pier containers, which account for containers of any size. TEUs are down 5% from the same time a year prior.

SC Ports and the maritime community handled 201,418 TEUs and 111,118 pier containers in February, which is down about 13% year-over-year.

Even with this slight dip, last month was the second highest February for volumes in port history. February is traditionally a lighter month due to a pause in Asian manufacturing for the Lunar New Year holiday.


A slowdown in consumer spending amid rising cost of goods has softened volumes overall, including loaded imports.

Loaded exports however have been trending up for several months. In February, loaded exports were up 12% year-over-year at the Port of Charleston. SC Ports offers an export receiving window to provide more reliability and support to exporters.

Vehicle volumes are also steadying. SC Ports had 15,824 vehicles roll across the docks at the Port of Charleston.

Inland Ports Greer and Dillon have maintained strong monthly volumes for the past three months, with the rail-served inland ports reporting a combined 16,198 rail moves in February. Inland Port Dillon, which serves the Pee Dee region and beyond, had a record February by handling 3,664 rail moves.

SC Ports continues efforts to enhance intermodal capabilities by expanding Inland Port Greer and building the dual-served Navy Base Intermodal Facility, which will provide near-dock rail to the Port of Charleston in 2025.

About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority, 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 in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports 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. Please visit to learn more about SC Ports.