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S.C. Ports hits 15 record months in a row for containers handled

Posted on June 13, 2022

CHARLESTON, S.C. – South Carolina Ports reported another record cargo month in May, marking its 15th consecutive month of year-over-year records.

Strong volumes were driven by sustained retail imports, which were up 18% in May compared with last year.

“Our strategic, timely investments in port infrastructure provide capacity to customers ahead of demand,” said S.C. Ports CEO Jim Newsome. “By expanding Inland Port Greer, increasing utilization of Leatherman Terminal and building near-dock rail at the future Navy Base Intermodal Facility, we are ensuring capacity and fluidity for decades to come.”

S.C. Ports handled 255,104 twenty-foot equivalent units at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Leatherman Terminal in May, up nearly 11% from last year. It moved roughly 2.7 million containers thus far in fiscal year 2022, from July through May, up 15% fiscal year-over-year.

S.C. Ports handled 141,823 pier containers, which account for boxes of any size, in May. This is a 10% increase from last year. Thus far in fiscal year 2022, S.C. Ports has moved nearly 1.5 million pier containers, up 14% from the same period last year.

“Our S.C. Ports team, maritime community and logistics partners have made significant progress on our berth and terminal fluidity during ongoing supply chain challenges,” said Newsome. “As we continue to navigate this ever-changing environment, we are implementing creative solutions for shippers, such as giving berth priority to vessels taking out more cargo and deploying more than 1,000 chassis thus far from our new SMART Pool fleet.”


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