CHARLESTON, SC – November 7, 2017 – Today South Carolina Ports Authority reported its strongest October on record, with 184,804 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled last month.
Fiscal year-to-date TEU volume is up 5 percent, with 724,799 TEUs handled since the Port’s fiscal year began in July.
“Container growth in October was broad-based across multiple segments, with particular strength of export loaded containers,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “All indicators are that the U.S. port market will continue to grow, based on good performance of the global economy. We look forward to the addition of container volume from major manufacturing operations such as Volvo Cars, Samsung Electronics and Mercedes Vans going into 2018.”
As measured in pier containers, or boxes handled, SCPA moved a record 105,208 containers across the docks of its two container terminals in October, surpassing the previous October record of 102,413 pier containers in 2004. Fiscal year to date, pier container volume is up 5.7 percent with 410,856 boxes handled July through October.
Inland Port Greer also achieved its strongest October since the facility opened in November 2013, with 11,773 rail moves handled last month.
About South Carolina Ports Authority
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), established by the state’s General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. An economic development engine for the state, Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. Home to the Southeast’s deepest port, SCPA is the industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, please visit www.scspa.com.