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Cargo volumes up at port near end of fiscal 2017

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Cargo containers are unloaded from and loaded onto containerships at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant. (Photo/Kim McManus)

The Port of Charleston’s cargo volumes are up 9.4% compared with the same period a year ago, with about 1.95 million TEUs handled in fiscal year 2017, which ends this month.

In May, the port handled 182,000 TEUs — 1 TEU is the equivalent of a 20-foot shipping container —  and more than 103,000 total pier containers, boxes of any size coming through the port.

This follows two consecutive record months for cargo moved at the port terminals.

The Inland Port in Greer continues to exceed expectations, with 12,700 rail lifts in May, a 47% jump from May 2016.

Description

FY to date (July-May)

% change from ’16

Total TEUs

1,954,466

9.4%

Rail TEUs

441,667 (22.6% of all TEUs)

8.4%

Total pier containers

1,103,694

9.5%

Charleston break-bulk pier tons

753,980

-9.4%

Vehicles

231,581

-8.5%

Cruise passengers

205,625

4.7%

Ships docked

1,620

-7.0%

Greer Inland Port rail moves

108,701

29.7%

Operating revenues

$212,861,010

9.8%

Operating expenses

$169,855,651

6.0%

Operating earnings

$43,005,359

27.7%

Source: S.C. State Ports Authority

Reach Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119.

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