Port of Charleston had another record month for cargo

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCBD) – The South Carolina Ports Authority is reporting another record month for containers handled at the Port of Charleston.

In February, SC Ports handled 230,420 twenty-foot equivalent containers at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal. This is 26% more than last year.

Statewide, SC Ports handled 119,582 imports loaded in February, an increase of 46% over last year.

February marked the 12th consecutive month in which SC Ports reported record container numbers.

With record throughput volumes, we continue to experience a high number of import containers awaiting delivery at our terminals,” said Jim Newsome, CEO of South Carolina Ports. “We remain focused on creative solutions and the execution of our vital infrastructure projects, including completing the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project this fall, kicking off construction of the base intermodal facility naval and barge project in the inner harbour, and progressing towards rapid completion of the Inland Port Greer expansion project.

Yet, SC Ports is experiencing an imbalance between imports and exports, with the volume of imports loaded being more than double that of exports loaded. SC ports handled 119,582 loaded imports and 54,755 loaded exports.

“Together with our teammates, the wider shipping community and trucking carriers, we continue to work through this unprecedented time of supply chain challenges,” Newsome said. “The strength of our port continues to be our highly skilled workforce and how we collectively adapt to move cargo for our customers.”

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