March was the third straight month of year-over-year container volume increases for the Port of Charleston. Container volumes at the SPSCA’s three container terminals were up 11.3% from the preceding month and 24.4% compared to March 2009.
“These volume gains are encouraging and significant,” said Jim Newsome, SCSPA’s president and CEO. He attributed the growth to restocking of inventories, export market growth and the SCSPA’s new business development efforts.
Additional good news comes with Charleston’s selection as the last US port outbound on CSAV’s new America Express Service (AMEX). The weekly service will bring 52 additional ship calls annually, linking Charleston directly to markets in Northern China and South Korea. Transhipment in the Caribbean will provide additional market access across Central and South America.
The full port rotation is: Ningbo (China), Shanghai (China), Qingdao (China), Xingang (China), Pusan (South Korea), Kingston (Jamaica), Caucedo (Dominican Republic) and Cartagena (Colombia).
The first Charleston call is expected on June 24 at the Wando Welch Terminal.