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SC Port Authority logs record container volume in March


South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) announced yesterday it posted the strongest March in its history and more than 11 percent fiscal year-over-year growth.

SCPA moved 214,123 20-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in March, making it the second highest month in SCPA history, port authority officials said in a press release.

The port handled its highest monthly record in October 2018, with 217,035 TEUs moved across the docks.

"The record volumes achieved last month reflect a very positive end to our third quarter of the fiscal year,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and chief executive officer. “SCPA also saw the highest month of export loads since the fiscal year began in July 2018, with 42,524 export loads handled. The port is well-positioned as it heads into the fourth quarter.”

March was also the second highest month in the port’s history for pier container volume. SCPA handled 120,717 pier containers, increasing fiscal year-to-date volumes to 1,016,756 containers. Last month’s record-breaking volumes marked a nearly 12 percent fiscal year-over-year growth.

Inland Port Greer set a new monthly record, with 14,522 rail lifts in March. The previous record of 13,060 rail lifts was handled in June 2017, port officials said.

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