SC Ports posts eighth consecutive month of record box volume
SOUTH Carolina Ports handled 234,923 TEU at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K Leatherman Terminal in October, a nine per cent increase compared to the same month last year.
This is the eighth consecutive month of record volumes at the Port of Charleston. Fiscal year to date, SC Ports has handled 919,440 TEU at the container terminals, up 15 per cent from the same time a year ago.
SC Ports handled 130,417 pier containers, which account for boxes of any size, in October. The port has moved 511,790 pier containers thus far in fiscal year 2022, up 15 per cent from the same time a year ago.
SC Ports handled 107,773 TEU of loaded imports in October, a 12 per cent year-over-year increase.
Retail imports continue to drive sustained cargo growth as consumers buy more retail goods, home goods and furniture. Furniture imports are up 55 per cent year over year at the Port of Charleston, according to PIERS.
Retailers benefit from SC Ports’ cargo capacity, efficient operations, fast truck turn times and express rail service that swiftly moves retail goods to near-port distribution centers.
“SC Ports provides capacity, fluidity and predictability for retailers as record retail imports flow into the Port of Charleston,” SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said. “SC Ports has invested more than US$2 billion in port infrastructure in recent years to ensure supply chain fluidity for our customers.”
The Port of Charleston consistently has berth availability, meaning ships do not wait to access terminals. This fluidity, combined with a deep harbour and efficient operations, attracts new calls and business to the Port of Charleston.
Wan Hai Lines announced plans to begin calling on Charleston as part of its network expansion between Asia and the East Coast of North America. The revamped AA7 service will provide better transit time and service coverage to meet customers’ rising demand, the line said in a news release.
Vehicles remain a strong business segment at SC Ports, with 21,740 vehicles rolling across the docks in October, a 5 per cent increase year over year.