South Carolina ports saw an increase in cargo volume in April.
The positive trend is attributed to the resilience of the Southeast market, which has attracted significant multi-billion dollar investments from retail importers and advanced manufacturers.
In April, SC Ports successfully transported 214,101 TEU and 119,572 pier containers, including containers of all sizes. While these numbers represent a 19% drop from a year ago, which saw an unprecedented boom in imports, there was an encouraging 11% month-on-month increase in cargo volumes.
Cumulative performance for FY2023 shows that SC Ports and the maritime community handled 2.18 million TEUs and nearly 1.21 million pier containers. However, these numbers represent a 9% decrease compared to the same period last fiscal year.
“We have invested in port capacity to ensure South Carolina remains competitive,” said Barbara Melvin, President and CEO of SC Ports. “Strategic investments in port infrastructure and operations support economic growth and jobs across the state.”
SC Ports’ inland ports at Greer and Dillon proved to be important assets as they served as hubs for rail transport. In April alone, the combined rail movements at these ports totaled 17,177, a notable year-on-year increase of almost 15%. It is noteworthy that Dillon set a new record of 3,752 rail moves in April, further underscoring the growing importance of these rail-bound inland ports.
In addition to cargo handling, SC Ports also facilitated the transportation of vehicles and handled 12,957 units in April. The port also welcomed 25,942 cruise ship passengers, demonstrating its versatility and ability to cater to various transportation needs.
Barbara Melvin expressed her gratitude to the maritime community and recognized the port’s exceptional performance in consistently providing reliable services to the thriving South East market.
To support future growth, we are actively investing in increasing our rail competitiveness by building a port-based intermodal hub that will further improve fluidity for our customers,” said Melvin.
With the recent increase in cargo volume and ongoing infrastructure investment, the development of South Carolina Ports bodes well for the state’s economy as it attracts more businesses and boosts trade in the Southeastern region.