South Carolina Ports handles record cargo volumes in April

SOUTH Carolina Ports enjoyed its strongest April ever, posting a 27

16 May 2021 - 19:00
SOUTH Carolina Ports enjoyed its strongest April ever, posting a 27.8 per cent year-on-year increase to 225,137 TEU at Wando Welch, and new Leatherman terminal, following a record throughput in March.

SC Ports handled 2.09 million TEU thus far in fiscal year 2021, from July 1 through April 30, up 4.4 per cent year on year.

SC Ports handled 125,959 pier containers - which accounts for cargo boxes of any size - in April, up 24.9 per cent. SC Ports has handled 1.16 million pier containers in fiscal year 2021, up 2.78 per cent.

SC Ports saw strength across multiple business segments last month, including containers, vehicles and inland ports, reflecting the southeast's booming consumer population and strong business sectors.

Loaded imports were up nearly 27 per cent in April. The US continues to see a surge of imports, particularly home goods, furniture, exercise equipment, and refrigerated foods and produce.

Loaded exports were up nearly 30 per cent in April, buoyed by the strong manufacturing and automotive sector in South Carolina and beyond.

'Companies needing to quickly import and export goods benefit from the available capacity at SC Ports,' said SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome.

'We have invested significantly in our infrastructure, including enhancing Wando Welch Terminal and opening Leatherman Terminal, to ensure Charleston can handle the biggest ships and growing cargo volumes coming to the east coast.'

Inland Port Greer handled 13,719 rail moves in April, up 85.2 per cent from the year prior. This strong month follows its busiest month ever in March. SC Ports is also expanding Inland Port Greer to increase cargo and rail capacity for customers. Meanwhile, Inland Port Dillon reported 2,525 rail moves in April, down 2.4 per cent from last year.

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