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SC Ports Fiscal Year Container Volume Climbs 13 Percent

Sep 28, 2018 09:04AM ● By Kathleen Maris
South Carolina Ports Authority recently reported 13 percent fiscal year-to-date growth of twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled through August.

As previously reported, SCPA has moved 407,135 TEUs since the 2019 fiscal year began July 1. The Port achieved the highest monthly container volume in its history, with 206,541 TEUs handled last month, and exceeded August 2017 volumes by 16 percent.

Pier container, or box volume, is up 13.5 percent fiscal year-to-date. August was also the highest month in SCPA history for pier container volume, with 117,037 containers moved at its two container terminals.

“Fall is a traditionally strong season for the Port,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome. “A record-breaking August, and the sixth consecutive record-setting month for container volumes, the Port is well-positioned for continued growth through 2018.”

In the non-containerized cargo market, Charleston handled 41,125 pier tons of breakbulk cargo in August, including 13,153 finished vehicles.

Inland Port Greer handled 11,982 rail moves in August. The facility’s fiscal year-to-date volume is more than 10 percent higher than last year, with 21,780 rail moves since July.