The Port of Charleston handled a record 2.2m teu during the 2018 fiscal year, a 3% increase over the previous fiscal year.
The port’s authority, the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), also announced that the 201,163 teu handled in June 2018 was the single highest month for container volumes in the port’s history, and a 10% increase over June 2017.
Jim Newsome, president and CEO of SCPA, said: “June container volumes were exceptional, marking the first time our Port has handled more than 200,000 teu in a single month.”
The months of March and May joined June to become the three highest months of container volumes in Charleston’s history.
Newsome said: “As compared to the 2010 fiscal year, SCPA has grown by over 900,000 teu for a compound annual growth rate of 7%. Such growth is a significant accomplishment that reflects a broad expansion of the port’s cargo base, the commitment of our staff and the overall success of our maritime community.”
Charleston offers two container terminals, Wando Welch Terminal and North Charleston Terminal, and they handled a combined total of 1.25m boxes in the 2018 fiscal year.
SCPA also owns and operates inland ports in Dillon and Greer as well as the Port of Georgetown, a bulk and breakbulk facility.