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October box volumes show South Carolina ports in recovery
Date:2020-11-25 Readers:
SOUTH Carolina Ports' October volumes show an ongoing recovery and strength in containers, vehicles and inland ports.

"Our business continues to rebound with better-than-expected volumes in the container and vehicle segments, as well as with a record October at our inland ports," SC Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome said. "Our ongoing efforts to recruit more cargo will further drive growth."

SC Ports handled 216,196 TEU at Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in October, down less than one per cent year on year. SC Ports has handled 797,108 TEU thus far in fiscal year 2021, which began July 1.

SC Ports moved 119,986 pier containers - which account for cargo boxes of any size - in October, for a total of 443,481 pier containers handled so far in the fiscal year.

Vehicles remain a strong segment for SC Ports as 20,637 vehicles rolled across the docks of Columbus Street Terminal in October, down less than two per cent year on year. Vehicle volumes are up more than 18 per cent this fiscal year, with 93,681 vehicles handled since July.

SC Ports' two rail-served inland ports had a record October with a combined total of 16,404 rail moves. Inland Port Greer reported 12,935 rail moves, up 9.2 per cent compared to the same month last year, and Inland Port Dillon reported 3,469 rail moves, up nearly 40 per cent from last year.

SC Ports' efficient operations, big-ship capabilities and inland ports have attracted new business to the port this year.

"Retail companies are seeing explosive growth during the pandemic, and this boom presents a great opportunity for SC Ports," Mr Newsome said. "We are pros at handling high-demand supply chain needs for the automotive and advanced manufacturing industry, which will translate seamlessly into supporting retail distribution."

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