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SC - South Carolina Ports Sets New Annual Record for Containers Handled

South Carolina’s Port of Charleston has just concluded its best year on record as the American economy emerged from the pandemic.

South Carolina Ports reported its fiscal year 2021 results on Tuesday, showing 2.55 million twenty-foot equivalent units handled across Charleston’s its three container terminals: Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and the new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal. This makes for 9.6% increase in TEU volume compared to FY 2020. Its fiscal year ends June 30.

SC Ports moved 1.42 million pier containers, which measures containers of any size, in FY 2021. This is up 7.7% from FY 2020.

The vehicles segment also came in strong with 253,981 vehicles rolling across the docks of Columbus Street Terminal in FY 2021, up 27.0% compared to the year prior.

SC Ports’ two rail-served inland ports also set cargo records in FY 2021, with a combined 192,844 rail moves recorded, up 11.7% from a year ago. Inland Port Greer moved 157,842 rail moves in fiscal year 2021, up 12.6%, while Inland Port Dillon had 35,002 rail moves, up nearly 7.9%.

“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.”

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