Inland Port records 42,555 rail moves in first full calendar year

Published on Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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GreerToday was there to capture the first cargo being loaded at the Inland Port

Julie McCombs

GreerToday was there to capture the first cargo being loaded at the Inland Port

The South Carolina Inland Port at Greer handled 3,741 rail moves in December, completing its first full calendar year of operation in 2014 with 42,555 total rail moves.

Greer’s container traffic helped the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) to report container traffic up 12 percent in 2014.

In December the SCPA handled 141,956 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs), up 14 percent compared to the same month last year. SCPA container volume rose to nearly 1.8 million TEUs in 2014.

As measured in pier containers, SCPA handled 1,022,781 boxes at its two container terminals in 2014, an increase of 12 percent over 909,827 containers handled in 2013.  

"The 12 percent increase in TEU volumes last year reflects growth in a number of business segments, including import parts and components for automotive manufacturing and export grains and refrigerated cargo," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO.

Newsome is the guest speaker Thursday at the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce annual celebration at Embassy Suites in Greenville.

Mid-way through the 2015 fiscal year that began in July, the Port has handled 919,521 TEUs, a 13 percent increase over the same period last year.



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