One of the East Coast’s busiest groups of ports posted its highest shipping volumes since 2008 in April.
The South Carolina Ports Authority says it handled 151,790 20-foot-equivalent shipping containers in April – up 12.3 percent from April 2013 and 21.7 percent above April 2012 figures. The last time the ports saw 151,000 containers was May 2008 – before a national and global economic crisis hit shipping and other industries.
Port officials credited strong exports by U.S. manufacturers using port facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer – locations that fall under the South Carolina Ports Authority.
“April reflected strong export growth at the Port or Charleston as we shipped 0.6 percent more containers overseas than the same month last year,” said Jim Newsome, South Carolina Ports Authority president and CEO, according to a port press release. “These growth figures stress the importance of our deepwater harbor as American manufacturers and exporters look for efficient, expedient ways to send their goods overseas.”
The port authority’s board recently approved an expansion project for a cold storage facility and learned about support from the federal government for a harbor deepening project at the Port of Charleston.
So far in fiscal 2014, the port has handled 1,374,066 20-foot-equivalent container units – up 5 percent from the pace of fiscal 2013 with two months remaining for 2014.
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