SC Ports Authority moves record volume in November

Fiscal year-to-date pier container volume is up 4 percent.   File photo

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its strongest November container volumes on record, handling 175,217 20-foot equivalent units (TEU) in November, a year-over-year increase of 14 percent.

With 864,970 TEUs moved since the fiscal year began in July, the Port’s container volume is up 4 percent. As measured in pier containers, or boxes handled, SCPA also broke previous November volume records by moving 99,041 boxes last month. Fiscal year-to-date pier container volume is up 4 percent, with 487,924 boxes moved at its North Charleston and Wando Welch container terminals.

SCPA’s strongest November on record was 163,121 TEUs handled in 2005.

“The port had a record November of close to 100,000 pier containers with continued year-on-year growth in the loaded container segment and the resurgence of empty exports through calls by extra loader vessels,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “We are ahead of plan for the fiscal year 2017 but expect a seasonally modest December through February as lines adjust to slowing world trade and prepare for new alliance deployments.

The South Carolina Inland Port Greer continued to handle near-record volumes as it prepares to build a second inland port in Dillon County.

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