SC Ports handles 15% more containers than last year

The South Carolina Ports Authority has handled almost 15 percent more pier containers fiscal year to date than the same period last year, with total box volume through April reaching almost 900,000 containers.

“The volumes announced today reflect significant growth across all business segments,” South Carolina Ports Authority Vice Chairman John Hassell said on Wednesday. “Spring is typically a busy season for us, particularly on the containerized cargo side, and our sustained double-digit volume growth reflects the strong import-export markets we serve.”

Container volume is up 13.9 percent fiscal year to date. In April, SCPA handled 168,182 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), which brings the total container volume to 1.6 million TEUs since the beginning of the fiscal year in July. TEU volumes are 15 percent higher than in the same period in fiscal year 2014.


The Port of Charleston handled 698,229 tons of breakbulk and 460,209 moved in Georgetown fiscal year to date. Total breakbulk is 1.2 million pier tons fiscal year to date, which is 4.5 percent ahead of the plan.

The Inland Port completed 5,513 moves in April — its highest ever monthly rail moves.

“The port’s ability to handle increased container traffic with high productivity is a testament to our ability to handle rising cargo volumes both reliably and efficiently,” Hassell said.

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