Charleston Reports Strongest Quarterly Volume in Years

Charleston Reports Strongest Quarterly Volume in Years

The Port of Charleston handled 400,492 20-foot-equivalent-unit containers in the first quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended Sept. 30, a 13.3 percent increase year-over-year and the port’s strongest quarter in terms of container volume in four years, South Carolina Port Authority reported.

Container volume for the calendar year to date was up 9.4 percent year-over-year, with September volume increasing 5.3 percent from September 2011.

Breakbulk volume and non-container tonnage also surged in the fiscal first quarter.

Given these significant increases, the port will need to continue to expand its cargo base to continue progress, said Jim Newsome, port authority president and CEO.