Container volume in the Port of Charleston rose 12 percent in year-over-year in March, the strongest month for containerized traffic at the port since October 2008.
Charleston handled 134,857 20-foot equivalent units in March, up 12 percent from the same month last year and up 13 percent from February.
For the fiscal year to date (July through March), TEU volume is up just over 2 percent in Charleston, while container volume for the quarter (January through March) increased 7 percent from the same quarter last year. The growth was driven by several factors, including a new Europe service by APL.
At the same time, the port handled 111,236 pier tons of non-containerized freight in March, up 53 percent from the same month last year.
BMW export vehicles and other roll-on/roll-off cargo handled at Charleston’s Columbus Street Terminal recorded their best month since March 2008. The SCPA completed last year a $23-million improvement project at that terminal to support the growth of non-containerized cargo.
In the Port of Georgetown, pier tons were up 37 percent, with 34,119 tons handled across the docks. Petroleum coke and bulk cement continue to be the largest commodities handled at the port.