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South Carolina Ports handles over 200,000 TEUs in February

In February, South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) processed 202,349 TEUs and 111,902 pier containers, marking a marginal increase compared to the same month in 2023.

Notably, loaded import TEUs surged by 11% compared to February of the previous year, indicating robustness in the broader economy.

The performance of inland ports and rail volumes has remained consistently strong month after month. Inland Port Greer saw a significant increase of 26% in rail moves last month, totalling 15,801 moves compared to the same month last year. Similarly, Inland Port Dillon experienced a 13% rise in rail moves, reaching 4,147 moves. Fiscal year-to-date, the two rail-served inland ports have witnessed remarkable growth, with a combined 34% increase compared to the previous year, collectively handling 151,324 containers.

Also, in February, SC Ports managed to process 15,555 vehicles, reflecting a 2% decline compared to the previous year. Despite this, the vehicle segment has shown significant growth of 16% during fiscal year 2024, with a total of 144,415 vehicles passing through the docks since July.

Furthermore, South Carolina Ports has seamlessly handled large vessels and increased container volumes at the Wando Welch Terminal, as imports show a resurgence.

“Our bold infrastructure investments and stellar maritime workforce provide highly productive port service for our customers. We provide the speed, reliability and connectivity that our customers depend on to thrive,” stated Barbara Melvin, president and CEO of SC Ports.

Source: Container News


SC Ports handles over 200,000 TEUs in July

South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) handled 208,134 TEUs and 115,422 pier containers in July.

More specifically, imports flowing into the port of Charleston outperformed US volumes with a 12% increase from June and a 3% increase year-over-year. At the same time, exports were up 9% from last year. However, total container volume was down about 4% year-over-year in July, driven by lower exports of empty boxes.

SC Ports’ two rail-served inland ports continue to yield strong volumes, handling a combined 17,724 rail moves in July, which is a 55% increase year-over-year. Inland Port Dillon continues to break records, reporting a record July with 2,919 rail moves and Inland Port Greer had a strong month with 14,805 rail moves.

“Although overall volumes continue to reflect the tempered US economy, the Southeast is booming and the US East Coast port market continues to attract new cargo,” SC Ports president and CEO Barbara Melvin commented.

While manufacturing and retail remain down in the country, the Southeast market is thriving with an influx of new residents and industrial growth, while port-dependent companies are investing in manufacturing facilities, electric vehicle operations and retail distribution centers, according to SC Ports’ announcement.

Meanwhile, SC Ports has invested more than US$2 billion into port infrastructure and is currently building a US$400 million intermodal yard to provide near-port rail to the Port of Charleston.

Source: Container News