Major US Port Authority Smashes Record

The Port of Charleston finished fiscal year 2019 strong with 9% year-over-year growth in volumes.

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has recorded its busiest July in Port history at container terminals and inland ports, as it began the new fiscal year strongly.

According to a statement, SCPA handled 210,542 TEUs at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in July, an increase of 5% from 2018. It also moved 119,700 pier containers in July, up about 5% on the same time in 2018.

SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said: “We accomplished so much in fiscal year 2019, including record cargo volumes and rail moves. We are excited to see fiscal year 2020 starting off so strong.

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“Our entire maritime community — especially those working our terminals and running our operations — make these achievements possible.

“In fiscal 2020, we will work to grow our cargo volumes, particularly with increased retail cargo and distribution centre presence, to support our ongoing infrastructure projects.

 “In 2021, we will have the deepest harbour on the East Coast and the Hugh K. Leatherman Sr. Terminal — the only new container terminal in the U.S. — will open in North Charleston, Newsome said.

The company also announced that the Inland Port Greer had its second-busiest month and strongest July in Port history with 15,338 rail moves, an increase of 57% from this time last year.

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