SOUTH Carolina Ports Authority saw steady container volumes in January, after moving a record 211,020 TEU across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals.
SCPA has handled 1.44 million TEU thus far in fiscal year 2020, from July through January.
As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 118,943 pier containers in January for a total of 813,599 pier containers in fiscal year 2020.
Vehicle volumes are up 32 per cent year on year with a total of 131,153 vehicles handled thus far in fiscal year 2020. The port moved 15,546 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in January.
S Carolina Ports Authority president Jim Newsome said: "Our success is made possible by our efficiently run terminals, excellent maritime community and advantageous position in the southeast. We plan to further grow our cargo base through increased retail cargo and enhanced rail connections."
The inland port network continues to see growth as more companies opt to move cargo to and from the port of Charleston via overnight rail.
Inland port Greer reported 11,552 rail moves in January, while inland port Dillon reported 3,237 rail moves last month. Combined, the inland ports reported 105,996 rail moves in fiscal year 2020, up 18 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.
In 2021, the port will open the country's newest container terminal - the Hugh K Leatherman Sr Terminal - and achieve the deepest harbour on the US east coast when Charleston harbour reaches 52 feet of depth.