SC Ports Authority (SCPA) reported its highest February ever for both cargo volumes and rail moves at inland ports.
In February SCPA moved 197,214 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals.
Loaded export TEUs were up nearly 20 percent and loaded import TEUs were up about 14 percent , both of which are record levels for that month.
Vehicle volumes are up 26 percent year-over-year with a total of 149,340 vehicles handled thus far in fiscal year 2020. The Port moved 18,156 vehicles at Columbus Street Terminal in February.
“S.C. Ports maintained strong volumes across multiple business segments in early 2020, with record volumes handled at our bustling terminals in February,” commented Jim Newsome, president and chief executive officer, SCPA. “These volumes are bright spots amid much uncertainty in the global market. While we do expect our volumes will be down in March and April due to impacts from the coronavirus, we anticipate a rebound in May and June to finish the year above plan.”
SCPA’s two rail-served inland terminals both saw record activity in February. Inland Port Greer, located in the Upstate, reported 13,749 rail moves in February for a total of 99,920 rail moves in fiscal year 2020, up nearly 18 percent year-on-year. Inland Port Dillon located in the Pee Dee reported 3,068 rail moves in February for a total of 22,893 rail moves in fiscal year 2020, up 22 percent.
Newsome added: “We remain focused on executing our vital infrastructure projects, including deepening our harbor and building a new container terminal, to handle mega container ships carrying cargo to support the booming Southeast market,”