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SC Ports Authority Announces Record Container Volume in 2016

[ January 17, 2017   //   ]

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced a record container volume of nearly two million TEUs handled in 2016.

SCPA handled 1.996 million TEUs in 2016, surpassing the previous record of 1.985 million TEUs handled in 2005. Container volume in TEU was up 1.2% compared to last year. Loaded TEU volume was up 4% year-over-year while empty container volume was down 10%.

“This is a significant accomplishment for the SCPA of which we are very proud,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “We are cautiously optimistic about the future given the significant automotive projects that exist in the Southeast along with the seeming recovery of emerging market economies, which drives U.S. exports. Our focus is squarely on realizing ongoing enhancements to handle the significant deployment of big container ships, specifically refurbishing our wharves, raising our cranes, deepening our harbor as soon as possible, and expanding our successful inland port network with a second inland port facility in Dillon, SC.”

The South Carolina Inland Port Greer handled a record 103,639 rail lifts in 2016, an increase of 38%% over the previous calendar year.