Here’s some news that’s hard to contain.
November marked the ninth month in a row that the S.C. Ports Authority set an all-time monthly record for containers handled, with a 21% year-over-year increase in both 20-foot equivalent units and pier containers, which account for boxes of any size.
SCPA CEO Jim Newsome said that the ports “invested strategically” in infrastructure with the new Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal and updates to Wando Welch Terminal, among other projects, coming to light at the exact time they’re needed for extra capacity.
“The sustained, robust demand for consumer goods continues to drive record-breaking cargo volumes and retail imports at the Port of Charleston,” Newsome said in a statement. “While the global supply chain remains strained from handling unprecedented amounts of cargo, S.C. Ports brings fluidity to the supply chain.”
Throughout November, the SCPA moved 250,711 TEUs at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal, bringing the fiscal year total to 1.17 million TEUs. Volumes are up nearly 17% from this time last year.
S.C. Ports handled 138,573 pier containers in November, up nearly 21% year-over-year. Fiscal-year-to-date, S.C. Ports has moved 650,363 pier containers, up 16% from the same time a year ago.
“With record throughput volumes, we are experiencing higher than normal on-terminal inventories, especially with empty containers,” Newsome said. “We are working with our ocean carrier partners to ramp up evacuations of empties to ensure we maintain terminal fluidity.”
Loaded imports reached an all-time high last month, with 127,081 loaded import TEUs — a 36% increase from the same time a year ago. Loaded exports also ticked up by 5% or 67,639 TEUs.
Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon combined to handle 16,629 rail moves, with Inland Port Greer seeing a 28% year-over-year bump. SCPA further rolled 14,901 vehicles across the Columbus Street Terminal docks.