• Powell Slaughter

S.C. Ports volume up 9% so far in '17

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The South Carolina Ports Authority reported nearly 9% fiscal year-over-year container-volume growth through February.

SCPA's total fiscal year-to-date container volume reached nearly 1.4 million TEUs last month, compared with 1.3 million TEUs handled during the same period last year. SCPA handled 175,820 20-foot-equivalent units in February, an increase of 11.3% over February 2016.

Last month was the best February on record for pier container volume, or boxes handled. SCPA moved 98,259 containers across its docks in February, bringing fiscal year-to-date pier container volume to 783,931 containers. 

"Last month's volumes reflect strong growth over last year, and we handled the highest pier container volume ever during a February," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Looking ahead, spring is traditionally a busy season for us, but volumes may be inconsistent due to the implementation of new shipping alliances."

Non-containerized cargo volumes were strong last month, with 72,670 pier tons handled in Charleston. Total fiscal year-to-date breakbulk volume is 6.4 percent percent ahead of plan, with 552,244 pier tons handled during the period.

Inland Port Greer handled 9,540 rail moves in February, driving the facility's fiscal year-to-date rail volume 25.8% higher than the same period last year. Inland Port Greer has handled 73,205 rail moves since July.

SCPA recently broke ground on an additional inland port in Dillon, S.C.

Powell SlaughterPowell Slaughter | Senior Editor

I'm Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope my articles will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.

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