SC Ports breaks September box handling record


South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) handled a record number of containers for the month of September.

SC Ports handled 226,807 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Leatherman Terminal in September, up nearly 11 per cent year-over-year.

SC Ports has handled 666,315 TEU thus far in fiscal year 2023, from July through September.

SC Ports moved 124,963 pier containers in September, up 10 per cent year-over-year.

SC Ports has handled 367,846 pier containers fiscal-year-to-date.

Consumer demand drove this growth, SC Ports wrote. Loaded imports were up 16 per cent year-over-year.

SC Ports handled 12,747 rail moves at both Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon last month. Inland Port Dillon reported a 12 per cent increase year-over-year, handling 2,380 rail moves.

“We have invested in capacity to efficiently handle the cargo flowing into the Southeast port market,” SC Ports President and CEO Barbara Melvin said.

“Our modern port infrastructure, along with our skilled team and maritime partners, delivers much-needed fluidity to the East Coast.”

SC Ports offers an express lane for vessels with 1,000 moves or less and prioritises vessels with balanced imports and exports. SC Ports also offers a 7-day export receiving window that locks in 11 days before a vessel’s arrival

The port also offers Sunday gate hours for motor carriers, leases chassis through its new SMART Pool, and utilises its two rail-served inland ports.

Some 15 ship-to-shore (STS) cranes are now in operation at SC Ports’s Wando Welch Terminal at the Port of Charleston.

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