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Posted January 14, 2021


The South Carolina Ports Authority reports that it finished 2020 with its strongest December on record, with strong volumes for containers, vehicles, and at its inland ports. The Authority is looking to build on this strong momentum by investing in the Port of Charleston to support continued growth in 2021.

“The pandemic created unprecedented challenges to supply chains around the world,” SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “I am immensely proud of our port employees and all those working in the maritime and logistics community for showing up every day during a pandemic to keep supply chains fluid. Their dedication ensures that food products, medical supplies, manufacturing parts, and retail goods are efficiently delivered. We are grateful to them, and we look forward to a brighter 2021.”

In December, the container terminals in Charleston had a nearly 12 percent increase in volume to more than 209,000 TEUs. At the mind point in the Authority’s fiscal year, the port has handled more than 1.2 million TEUs. Loaded imports were up 14.4 percent, while loaded exports were up 8.6 percent, highlighting a strong balance for ocean carriers and the Southeast markets, said the port.

Vehicle volumes were exceptionally strong in December. SC Ports reports it handled 21,228 vehicles in December, which is better than a 29 percent increase from last year and an overall monthly vehicle record for SC Ports. Thus far in fiscal year 2021, SC Ports has moved 135,747 vehicles, which is up 17.42 percent compared to the same time a year prior.

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