May marked the 15th consecutive month of cargo records at the Port of Charleston, driven by sustained retail imports. Loaded imports were up 18% in May compared to last year.
SC Ports handled 141,823 pier containers, which account for boxes of any size, in May. This is a 10% increase from last year. Thus far in fiscal year 2022, SC Ports has moved nearly 1.5 million pier containers, up 14% from the same period last year.
SC Ports handled 17,549 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in May. Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon reported a combined 16,202 rail moves in May, up 19% from a year ago. SC Ports’ inland ports provide shippers the ability to quickly move goods between the Port of Charleston and the hinterland via rail.
Inland Port Greer had a particularly strong month, handling 14,344 rail moves, which is a 27% increase year-over-year. SC Ports is expanding the Upstate inland port to handle more cargo and increase rail capacity.
The expansion of Inland Port Greer recently reached an important milestone with the addition of 2,600 feet of processing rail track in the facility, providing more room for RTG cranes to access rail cars as operators load and unload containers. The inland port now also has 4,800 feet of additional rail car storage track to accommodate longer trains.
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority, 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 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet.
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