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South Carolina Ports Authority finished 2020 with its strongest December on record, logging 209,606 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals, up 11.6% year over year.
SC Ports handled 116,685 pier containers during the month, up 10.3%. Loaded imports climbed 14.4%, while loaded exports rose 8.6%, which highlighted a strong balance for ocean carriers and a thriving Southeast market, port authority officials said in a press release.
The ports handled 21,228 vehicles in December, up 29.2%.
Meanwhile, the authority's two rail-served inland ports recorded a "very strong December" with a combined total of 16,463 rail moves. Inland Port Greer, located in upstate South Carolina, logged 13,523 rail moves, up 26% year over year and the highest December total in history.
Inland Port Dillion, located in the state's Pee Dee region, reported 2,940 rail moves during the month, down 2.9%.
Port authority officials also announced that the $1 billion first phase of the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal project is nearing completion ahead of its March opening. The new terminal includes a 1,400-foot wharf, five ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height above the wharf deck, 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes and a 47-acre container yard.