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August 18, 2017

Strongest July on record for container cargo in South Carolina

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced this week that its calendar year-to-date container volume increased 13 percent and reported the strongest month of July on record.

Since the calendar year began, SCPA has handled 1.3 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), compared to 1.14 million TEUs during the same period last year. The Port moved 182,411 TEUs in July, breaking the previous record of 177,265 TEUs achieved in July 2016.

Last month was also a record July for pier container volume, or box volume. SCPA handled 103,319 boxes at the Wando Welch and North Charleston terminals, exceeding the July 2016 record of 100,366 pier containers.

"SCPA handled record container volumes in July in spite of model year transitions in the automotive industry," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "We look forward to continuing this momentum as fiscal year 2018 progresses and expect to see fairly strong volumes this fall."

In the non-containerized cargo market, Charleston handled 42,420 tons of breakbulk cargo in July. Calendar year to date, the Port has handled 471,961 tons.

Source: SCPA