Ports Authority reports 8 percent increase in container volume

The South Carolina Ports Authority has reported an 8 percent increase in container volume since its fiscal year began in July.


The SCPA moved 104,792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of 104,003 containers in May 2015.   File photo

The South Carolina Ports Authority has reported an 8 percent increase in container volume since its fiscal year began in July.

“The Port handled an all-time record container volume in January, which is traditionally one of our slower months,” SCPA President and CEO Jim Newsome said.

In pier container volume, or boxes handled, the SCPA moved 104,792 boxes last month, surpassing the previous record of 104,003 containers handled in May 2015. Container volume is up 28 percent compared to the same month last year.

Port of Charleston handled 57,453 pier tons in January, pushing fiscal year-to-date volume to 479,573 pier tons moved across SCPA docks. Charleston exceeded fiscal year -to-date plans last month by nearly 6 percent.

Rail moves at Inland Port Greer continued to be strong, with 9,593 moves last month, SCPA officials said, with 63,665 rail lifts since July, the facility’s rail volume is up 28 percent over the same period last year.

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