Dillon Inland Port

A cargo container is lowered onto a tractor-trailer at the Dillon Inland Port.

DILLON, S.C.— April was the second-best month in Inland Port Dillon history.

During the month, the inland port handled 3,411 rail moves according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

April also marked the one-year anniversary of the opening of Inland Port Dillon, which has handled 24,423 rail moves since the beginning of the ports authority’s fiscal year.

The ports authority reported 10.4 percent fiscal year-to-date container volume growth for April 2019, with nearly 2 million twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) handled since July.

“April was strong for SCPA’s container business, supporting volumes well above planned levels with only two months remaining in the fiscal year,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “Our continued growth is testament to the commitment and skills of our employees and maritime community, and we look forward to a very positive FY2019 finish in June.”

As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 116,443 pier containers in April for a total of 1.1 million containers for the fiscal year to date.

SCPA moved 204,621 TEUs across the Wando Welch and North Charleston container terminals last month, a 4.2 percent increase compared with April 2018 volumes.

Inland Port Greer handled 13,724 rail moves, the second highest month in its history, for total fiscal year-to-date volume of 112,952 moves.

In non-containerized cargo, the port’s breakbulk facilities in Charleston handled 65,778 pier tons in April, including 19,415 vehicles. The port has handled 505,959 pier tons since the fiscal year began.

The South Carolina Ports Authority, established by the state's General Assembly in 1942, owns and operates public seaport and intermodal facilities in Charleston, Dillon, Georgetown and Greer. As an economic development engine for the state, port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port Authority is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility. For more information on SCPA, visit scspa.com.

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