SC Ports Authority (SCPA) has recorded its highest February ever for both cargo volumes and rail moves at inland ports.
During this period, SC Ports moved 197,214 teu across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals.
Loaded export containers were up nearly 20% while loaded import containers were up about 14% in February, both of which were record levels for that month.
SC Ports’ rail-served inland terminal Inland Port Greer, located in the Upstate, reported 13,749 rail moves in February while Inland Port Dillon, located in the Pee Dee, reported 3,068 rail moves in the same period.
For the 2020 fiscal year so far – from July through to February – SCPA has increased its container volumes by 4% year-on-year to 1.64m teu.
In the same period, Inland Port Greer has recorded a total of 99,920 rail moves (up nearly 18% year-on-year) while rail moves at Inland Port Dillon went up by 22% to 22,893 moves.
Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO, said: “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 moved 110,927 pier containers in February, as measured by the total number of boxes handled, and has handled a total of 924,526 pier containers in the 2020 fiscal year.
Vehicle volumes increased by 26% year-on-year with a total of 149,340 vehicles handled in the fiscal year so far while the port moved 18,156 vehicles at its Colombus Street Terminal in February.
Breakbulk has increased 22% so far in the 2020 fiscal year to 468,319 pier tonnes of breakbulk while the port has handled 206,050 cruise passengers in the same period.