South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) has had its highest April ever for containers handled, marking the 14th consecutive month of cargo records at the Port of Charleston.
SC Ports has said that strong volumes were driven by sustained retail imports, which were up 34 per cent in April compared to last year.
Earlier last month, SC Ports reported record high figures for March 2022 and it is on track to deliver another record year – surpassing handling figures for 2021.
“With ongoing supply chain challenges and record cargo volumes, we remain focused on deploying responsive, creative solutions to return terminal and berth fluidity to normalcy for our customers,” said SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome.
“We are in a strong position as we have proactively invested more than $2 billion into our infrastructure ahead of demand.”
SC Ports handled 264,099 TEU at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal, and Leatherman Terminal in April, up 17 per cent from last year.
Thus far in fiscal year 2022, the terminal operator has moved 2.4 million TEU, up 15 per cent fiscal year-over-year.
April also marks an all-time record for pier containers, with a total of 145,779 pier containers handled, a 16 per cent increase year-over-year.
SC Ports recently commissioned Hamburg Port Consulting to assess the capacity expansion of the Inland Port Greer in order to add capacity to the Southeast’s supply chain and prevent disruptions caused by congestion in North America.