SC Ports achieves record May throughput for containers at Port of Charleston


South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) has had yet another record month for containers handled at the Port of Charleston, marking the third consecutive month of record volumes.

This was the strongest May ever for containers at SC Ports.

More than 230,000 TEU were moved across Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal, and the newly opened Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal.

This is a massive 36% increase as cargo continues to hit record levels through North American ports.

SC Ports has handled nearly 2.32 million TEU thus far in the fiscal year 2021 – from July 1 2020 through May 31 2021 – up 6.85% from the year prior.

Mega retailers and advanced manufacturers continue to drive volumes at the Port of Charleston. Loaded imports were up 46.5% and loaded exports were up 24.3% in May compared to a year ago.

SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said, “The Port of Charleston saw strong container volumes in May as our efficient operations continue to support the retail boom.

SC Ports also welcomed the CMA CGM MARCO POLO in May, marking the largest container ship to ever call the East Coast and signifying the importance of our ongoing infrastructure investments.”

Inland Port Greer reported 11,280 rail moves in May, a 25.9% increase year-over-year.

Inland Port Greer has handled 144,459 rail moves fiscal-year-to-date. Inland Port Dillon handled 2,318 rail moves in May for a total of 32,409 rail moves fiscal-year-to-date.

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