Port of Charleston imports jump 18% in May


South Carolina ports report their 15th straight month of freight records at the Port of Charleston as buoyant retail imports continue to generate record volumes.

SC Ports handled 255,104 TEUs at the Port of Charleston’s three container terminals in May, up nearly 11% from a year ago. Imports loaded increased by 18% in May compared to last year.

Year-to-date (July-May), SC Ports has moved approximately 2.7 million TEUs so far in 2022, up 15% year-over-year.

The Port of Charleston was a big winner as shippers shifted imports to Gulf and East Coast ports away from the congestion of Southern California.

SC Ports also handled 141,823 docked containers during the month, representing boxes of all sizes. This is a 10% increase over last year. So far in fiscal 2022, SC Ports has moved nearly 1.5 million quayside containers, up 14% from the same period last year.

“Our SC Ports team, shipping community and logistics partners have made significant progress on keeping our dock and terminal running smoothly during today’s supply chain challenges,” said Jim Newsome, CEO of SC Ports. “As we continue to navigate this ever-changing environment, we are implementing creative solutions for shippers, such as prioritizing mooring for vessels carrying more cargo and deploying more than 1,000 chassis up to present from our new SMART Pool fleet.”

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