South Carolina Ports See Container Growth
The South Carolina Ports Authority has seen its fiscal year-to-date container volume increase of seven percent, with 678,033 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) handled since July.
Centered on the Port of Charleston, the SCPA moved 164,734 TEUs in October. From a calendar year-to-date perspective, SCPA has seen container volume increase 11 percent over last year with close to 1.8 TEUs handled since January.
As measured in pier containers, 93,046 boxes moved across SCPA docks last month. Fiscal year to date, the port authority has handled 382,656 pier containers for an increase of six percent over the same period last year.
Non-containerized cargo tonnage also continued to climb through October, with fiscal year-to-date volumes 19 percent ahead of plan.
Charleston handled 96,258 pier tons last month, pushing total breakbulk volume to 3.3 total tons moved since July. Georgetown handled 30,773 pier tons in October for a total of 149,654 tons moved fiscal year to date.
The SCPA’s Inland Port handled 6,128 rail lifts in October. Fiscal year to date, rail lifts at the facility are nearly 60 percent ahead of last year with 28,231 moves since July.
“SCPA’s moderate volume growth is reflective of broad-based strength across a number of market segments,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “As expected, the slowing of our year-over-year volumes reflect the strong comparisons against FY2015 performance and an overall tepid group of emerging market economies.”
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