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South Carolina Ports sees record intermodal cargo handling in 2023

South Carolina Ports (SC Ports) reported that its intermodal centers, Inland Ports Greer and Dillon, handled a record number of containers in 2023.

Inland Port Greer moved 175,873 containers, representing a 26% increase over last year, while Inland Port Dillon moved 43,266 containers, representing a 55% increase.

The development of South Carolina’s two rail ports has brought the percentage of containers transported nationally by rail back to pre-pandemic levels, with 23% of total ocean containers being moved by rail.

“The ongoing expansion of Inland Port Greer will double its freight capacity, and the future Naval Base Intermodal Facility will provide close rail access to the Port of Charleston. When that facility opens in July 2025, CSX and Norfolk Southern will rapidly deliver goods to and from our land ports and land markets throughout the Southeast and beyond,” the company said. President and CEO of SC Ports, Barbara Melvin.

SC Ports handled nearly 2.5 million TEUs and 1.37 million dock containers in the calendar year 2023, down 11% from last year. Container volumes were affected by rising interest rates and inflation, which curbed consumer spending and reduced US imports.

South Carolina Ports also saw growth in other business areas in 2023, with the port handling 204,481 vehicles, a 3% year-over-year increase, and more than 302,000 passengers. on cruise, a 16% increase from 2022.

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