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Retail imports drive record September at SC Ports

SC Ports' Leatherman Terminal adds 700,000 TEUs of cargo capacity and an additional berth for mega container ships to the East Coast port market.
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The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) set a record in September for containers as the Port of Charleston handled a boom in imports.

The authority logged 205,008 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch, North Charleston and Hugh K. Leatherman terminals in September, besting the previous high-water mark for the month.

The SCPA also set a September record for import volumes at 98,208 TEUs, a 9% year-over-year increase. Exports climbed 2% to 61,705 TEUs.

U.S. consumers continue to spend more on retail goods during the pandemic, spurring record port volumes since March and consistently strong retail imports, SCPA officials said in a press release.

Inland Port Greer handled a record number of containers in September with 13,064 rail moves, while Inland Port Dillon reported 2,133 rail moves.


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