The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) experienced its second consecutive month of 18 percent container growth in February, bringing the fiscal year container volume total to 1.23 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).
“February container volumes were particularly strong for a short month,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Our import gains are reflective of a strengthening U.S. economy and population growth across the Southeast, while manufacturing in our state and region bolsters our export business. Loaded box volumes last month were nearly completely balanced between imports and exports.”
Last month, SCPA moved 86,258 boxes measured in pier containers. From the start of the fiscal year to date, SCPA has handled 700,630 boxes and expects to exceed 1 million containers by the end of the period.
In February, the city of Charleston handled 152,925 TEUs, a large increase from 129,747 handles during February 2014. Since the start of the fiscal year in July, the port’s TEU volume is 14.3 percent greater than the same time last year.
SCPA’s non-containerized business divisions are on track to meet the fiscal year financial plans. Georgetown handled 15,520 tons in February and is 5 percent ahead of the fiscal year plan to date.
With 58,685 tons handled last month, Charleston’s break-bulk tonnage levels are on track.