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Charleston port logs record May

In May, the port handled 141,823 pier containers — which account for boxes of any size — up 10% year over year.
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The Port of Charleston in May logged its 15th consecutive month of record cargo levels, the South Carolina Ports Authority announced last week.

The port handled 255,104 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch, North Charleston and Leatherman terminals, up 11% from May 2021, authority officials said in a press release. Through May, the port moved 2.7 million TEUs in fiscal-year 2022, up 15% year over year, while loaded imports climbed 18% for the period.

The port handled 141,823 pier containers — which account for boxes of any size — in May, up 10%.

SC Ports also manages multiple inland ports. Port Greer and Port Dillon logged a combined 16,202 rail moves in May, up 19% year over year. The inland ports provide shippers a rail link between the Port of Charleston and the hinterland.

Port Greer is being expanded, with crews recently completing an additional 2,600 feet of processing track to provide more room for cranes to access rail cars during loading and unloading. The port also now has 4,800 feet of additional rail-car storage track to accommodate longer trains.

The Port of Charleston offers daily express intermodal and merchandise rail services via connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway. The Class Is operate rail yards in Charleston served by double-stack intermodal trains.

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