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SCPA Reports Record Cargo Volumes

[ September 24, 2019   //   ]

South Carolina Ports Authority reported its best monthly container volumes on record in August.

SCPA handled 233,110 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in August, up 13% from the year prior. The Port has handled 443,652 TEUS thus far in fiscal year 2020, up 9% from the same period last year.

As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 132,233 pier containers in August, up 13% from a year ago.

“Our record volumes are driven by a strong U.S. economy, as well as our advantageous Southeast location and consistently productive terminals,” SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said.

The Port moved 58,966 breakbulk tons in August, up 43% from a year ago. The Port handled 19,032 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in August, up 45% from last year.

Inland Port Greer reported 14,854 rail moves in August, up 24% from a year ago. Inland Port Dillon, now in its second year of operation, had 3,204 rail moves in August, up 60% from last year.

“As the East Coast port market continues to grow, we are well positioned to handle more cargo,” Newsome said. “We continue to invest in vital infrastructure, including completing the first phase of the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal in North Charleston in 2021, deepening Charleston Harbor to 52 feet and equipping the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant with additional 155-foot-tall ship-to-shore cranes.”