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South Carolina Ports Authority (SC Ports) yesterday announced tit handled a record 2.75 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch, North Charleston and Hugh K. Leatherman terminals.
That volume is a 19% increase from 2020's mark and a 13% increase from 2019's total, SC Ports officials said in a press release. The ports also handled 1.53 million pier containers in 2021, up 18% from 2020 and 11% from 2019. Between March and December, 2021, SC Ports set consecutive monthly year-over-year container records.
SC Ports handled 1.29 loaded import TEUs, a 25% increase from the prior year. A significant increase in retail imports drove much of this growth at the Port of Charleston, authority officials said in a press release.
SC Ports handled 814,964 loaded export TEUs in 2021, a 5% increase from the prior year.
The authority's two rail-served inland ports — Port Greer and Port Dillon — “proved crucial to supply chain fluidity,” SC Ports officials said. Port Greer handled a record 160,234 rail moves in 2021, up 14% from 2020, and Port Dillon registered 29,412 rail moves.
Multiple major projects are set to begin or end in 2022, including adding 15 ship-to-shore cranes to Wando Welch Terminal; achieving full utilization of Phase One at Leatherman Terminal; completing the deepening of Charleston Harbor; beginning construction on the new Navy Base Intermodal Facility; and continuing completion of the Inland Port Greer expansion.