The Port of Charleston in South Carolina reported container volume in April was 134,718 20-foot-equivalent units, rising 9 percent year-over-year and increasing 17 percent compared with April 2011.
In the fiscal year to date, from July 2012 through April 2013, container volume was up 10 percent versus the same period last year, representing the highest fiscal level for the period in five years. The Port of Charleston moved 1.30 million TEUs during the past month, compared with 1.18 million TEUs in fiscal year 2012.
“Our volume continues to grow above the market, and we must continue our aggressive sales efforts as we heavily invest in our port's infrastructure,” said Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority, in a written statement. The SCPA is building an inland port in Greer, S.C., and a new container terminal in North Charleston.
“With new service deployments beginning in June, and additional large vessels calling our port this month, we expect a solid finish to the fiscal year,” Newsome added.