SC Ports moved 1.42 million pier containers, which measures containers of any size, in fiscal year 2021. This is up 7.7 per cent from the prior fiscal year, SC Ports said in a statement.
Vehicles remained a strong business segment, with 253,981 vehicles rolling across the docks of Columbus Street Terminal in fiscal year 2021, up 27.0 per cent compared to the year prior.
SC Ports two rail-served inland ports set cargo records in fiscal year 2021, with a combined 192,844 rail moves recorded, up 11.7 per cent from a year ago. Inland Port Greer moved 157,842 rail moves in fiscal year 2021, up 12.6 per cent, while Inland Port Dillon had 35,002 rail moves, up nearly 7.9 per cent.
When fiscal year 2021 started last July, many businesses and ports were impacted from pandemic closures. This was soon followed by an unanticipated boom in imports as consumers' buying habits shifted from services and travel to retail and home goods.
SC Ports saw strength in containerised, vehicle and inland port business segments throughout fiscal year 2021, including achieving record monthly year-over-year container volumes for the past four consecutive months.
'While the global pandemic has placed great strain on global supply chains, it has also highlighted how incredibly vital maritime, motor carrier and logistics workers are to the supply chain,' SC Ports president and CEO Jim Newsome. 'They are keeping freight moving while handling unprecedented cargo increases. We owe them much gratitude for their hard work over the past year.'
In addition to a record fiscal year, SC Ports had a record June for its container business segment. SC Ports moved 231,758 TEU in June, which is up 48.1 per cent compared to June 2020 and up 15.6 per cent compared to June 2019.
The Port of Charleston handled 128,622 pier containers in June, a 44.5 per cent increase from June 2020 and a 13.8 per cent increase compared to June 2019.
SC Ports had a strong month for vehicles. The Port handled 23,096 vehicles in June, a 60.7 per cent increase year over year and a 25.3 per cent jump from June 2019.
In June, Inland Port Greer reported 13,383 rail moves and Inland Port Dillon recorded 2,593 rail moves.