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SC Ports Authority Handles Record January Container Volume

Feb 05, 2019 12:28PM
Today South Carolina Ports Authority announced the strongest January on record and 12.5 percent fiscal year-over-year growth of container volume.

SCPA handled 205,689 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) last month. Since the Port’s fiscal year began in July, nearly 1.4 million TEUs have crossed the docks of SCPA’s two container terminals.

January also marked a record for pier container volume, or total boxes handled. SCPA moved 119,042 pier containers last month, bringing fiscal year volume to 795,245 containers.

“January was an exceptionally strong month for our Port, helping drive container volumes well ahead of our financial plans,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “With uncertainty in the trade forecast this spring, our fiscal year-to-date growth through January puts the Port in a good position to weather a potential dip in container volume and still achieve our plan of 1.3 million pier containers in FY19.”

January was also a strong month for Inland Port Greer, and with over 12,600 rail moves handled last month, the facility achieved its highest rail volumes since August 2017. Inland Port Dillon handled over 3,100 rail moves in January, marking the strongest volume since its opening last year.

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.