S.C. Ports Authority’s inland port in Spartanburg County sets October record

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The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) said its inland port in Spartanburg County helped it achieve its busiest October on record.

SCPA reported Tuesday, Nov. 7, it handled 184,804 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during the past month.

The agency said its TEU volume for the fiscal year, which began in July, has increased 5 percent to 724,799 TEUs, compared with the same period of the previous year.

Inland Port Greer, SCPA said, completed 11,773 rail moves during the month, which was the strongest October volume since the facility opened in November 2013.

In terms of pier containers, or boxes handled, SCPA said it moved a record 105,208 containers across the docks of its two container terminals in October, surpassing the previous October record of 102,413 pier containers in 2004.

Fiscal year-to-date, pier container volume increased 5.7 percent to 410,856 boxes handled.

“Container growth in October was broad-based across multiple segments, with particular strength of export loaded containers,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of SCPA, in a statement. “All indicators are that the U.S. port market will continue to grow, based on good performance of the global economy. We look forward to the addition of container volume from major manufacturing operations such as Volvo Cars, Samsung Electronics and Mercedes Vans going into 2018.”

 

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