SC Ports TEU volumes dip amid strong rail moves

SC Ports achieves record month of strong rail moves in August

South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) rail-served inland ports have witnessed strong volumes in August, achieving an all-time record month.

Inland Port Greer handled over 16,857 rail moves in August, marking the port’s most monthly moves in its history and an impressive 52 per cent increase year-over-year (YoY).

Inland Port Greer sits between the Charlotte and Atlanta markets in Upstate South Carolina. Norfolk Southern moves cargo to and from the inland port for many advanced manufacturers, automotive companies, solar panel producers and retailers.

Inland Port Dillon, which sits along the North Carolina border and is served by CSX, also had a strong month, handling 3,439 rail moves, an impressive 83 per cent YoY increase.

READ: SC Ports handles 2.6 million TEU FY23

SC Ports President and CEO, Barbara Melvin, said: “SC Ports’ rail-served inland ports create more reliability, flexibility and speed for our customers’ supply chains.

“Our incredibly successful inland port network reinforces the importance of providing near-port rail to the Port of Charleston with the new Navy Base Intermodal Facility, which is on track to open in 2025.”

Despite registering impressive rail moves, container volumes declined in the month of August, handling 203,169 TEU and 111,745 pier containers in, down 9 per cent YoY.

READ: SC Ports sees downturn in container volumes

The US port industry is anticipating a slower peak season than typical due to a lower consumer appetite and tempered US economy.

Melvin added: “Customers looking for efficient operations and reliable service on the US East Coast find a powerful alternative gateway with South Carolina Ports. SC Ports delivers cargo capacity and excellent port service in the thriving Southeast market.”

In July, SC Ports released data indicating a 12 per cent increase in imports.

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