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  October 24th, 2017 | Written by

SC Ports Sees Record September

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  • SCPA first-quarter container volume up four percent.
  • South Carolina inland port volume up 16 percent.
  • SCPA breakbulk totaled 65,269 tons in September.

The South Carolina Ports Authority reported 10-percent container volume growth in September and strong results for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.

SCPA moved 179,856 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEU) last month, the strongest September on record. The month pushed SCPA’s volume for the first quarter of FY2018 to 539,995 TEUs, a nearly four-percent year-over-year increase.

“The port continues to see year-over-year growth, and our first quarter results, including record September container volumes, reflect a very positive start to our 2018 fiscal year,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.

As measured by the total number of boxes loaded on and off vessels at SCPA docks, the port handled 101,902 pier containers in September. The port achieved 4.2 percent fiscal year-to-date pier container growth over last year, with 305,648 boxes handled July through September.

The breakbulk business segment, which includes non-containerized cargo such as finished vehicles, wire rod in coils and wood pulp, totaled 65,269 tons in September and 153,304 tons fiscal year to date.

Inland Port Greer handled 10,648 rail moves in September. With 30,401 moves handled during the first quarter, the facility’s volumes since July are nearly 16 percent higher than the same period last year.