SC Ports aims to improve containerised agriculture supply chain


Northwest Grains International has opened a new transload operation at Inland Port Dillion to improve the supply chain of containerised agricultural goods such as soybeans, lumber, logs, peanuts, cotton and yellow peas through the Port of Charleston.

According to South Carolina Ports (SC Ports), the new operation sits next to Inland Port Dillon. Northwest Grains will load crops into containers at its site, and the containers will then be loaded onto CSX trains at Inland Port Dillon to be efficiently delivered to the Port of Charleston for export to overseas markets.

This investment will provide farmers in the Pee Dee region, as well as farmers throughout South Carolina and North Carolina, better access to global markets.

 SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome, “We are excited to welcome Northwest Grains International, LLC to South Carolina Ports.

“The company’s decision to invest in Dillon County and use Inland Port Dillon will further support farmers and agricultural business across the Carolinas.

“We are proud to play a role in supporting agriculture export growth in the Southeast.”

Construction on the $2.5 million site began this month. The operation is scheduled to open in late October, in time for soybean season. 

Gary Mao, founder and president, Northwest Grains International, also commented.

“We found a great partner in South Carolina Ports, which shares in our commitment of providing excellent service and reliable shipping.

“Our investment in Dillon County and partnership with SC Ports will enable us to support US farmers by exporting containerized agricultural products. We look forward to our future growth in South Carolina.”

 SC Ports Chief Operating Officer Barbara Melvin, was quoted, “This new facility will support the regional agricultural economy by reducing supply chain costs and swiftly exporting products for farmers.

“Our team is proud that our efficient operations will directly benefit farmers throughout the Carolinas.”

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