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SC Ports Container Volume Up 9%, Nearly 26% Rail Volume Growth at Inland Port Greer

[ March 24, 2017   //   ]

South Carolina Ports Authority reported on March 15 nearly 9% fiscal year-over-year container volume growth through February.

SCPA’s total fiscal year-to-date container volume reached nearly 1.4 million TEUs last month, compared to 1.3 million TEUs handled during the same period last year. SCPA handled 175,820 TEUs in February, an increase of 11.3% over February 2016.

Last month was the best February on record for pier container volume, or boxes handled. SCPA moved 98,259 containers across its docks in February, bringing fiscal year-to-date pier container volume to 783,931 containers.

“Last month’s volumes reflect strong growth over last year, and we handled the highest pier container volume ever during a February,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Looking ahead, spring is traditionally a busy season for us, but volumes may be inconsistent due to the implementation of new shipping alliances.”

Non-containerized cargo volumes were strong last month, with 72,670 pier tons handled in Charleston. Total fiscal year-to-date breakbulk volume is 6.4% ahead of plan, with 552,244 pier tons handled during the period.

Inland Port Greer handled 9,540 rail moves in February, driving the facility’s fiscal year-to-date rail volume 25.8% higher than the same period last year. Inland Port Greer has handled 73,205 rail moves since July.