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South Carolina ports cargo throughput up record-breaking 5pc in July


The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) saw a strong start to fiscal year 2020, recording its busiest July in port history at container terminals and inland ports, according to Shipping Gazette.
SCPA handled 210,542 TEU at the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals in July, up five per cent year on year.
As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 119,700 pier containers in July, up about five per cent from a year ago.
"We accomplished so much in fiscal year 2019, including record cargo volumes and rail moves. We are excited to see fiscal year 2020 starting off so strong," said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.
"Our entire maritime community - especially those working our terminals and running our operations - make these achievements possible."
Inland Port Greer had its second-busiest month and strongest July ever with 15,338 rail moves, up 57 per cent from this time last year.
Inland Port Dillon, now in its second year of operation, reported 2,889 rail moves in July, up 122 per cent from a year ago when operations were ramping up.
"In fiscal 2020, we will work to grow our cargo volumes, particularly with increased retail cargo and distribution centre presence, to support our ongoing infrastructure projects," Mr Newsome said.
"In 2021, we will have the deepest harbour on the east coast and the Hugh K Leatherman Sr Terminal - the only new container terminal in the US - will open in North Charleston."

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