Inland port shows slight decrease in January rail moves

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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An ice storm last month shut down much of Greer and the Inland Port.

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An ice storm last month shut down much of Greer and the Inland Port.


The Greer Inland Port rail moves were down 4.4 percent in January, according to the South Carolina Ports Authority.

The small decline on 7,457 rail moves could easily be contributed to the port closing in late January for 36 hours due to an ice storm that shut down BMW, its suppliers and other customers. There were 367 fewer rail mails in January 2015 compared to the same time this year.

However, the inland port showed a significant increase of 2,389 rail moves in the same monthly comparison.

The inland port handled 7,824 rail moves in December that accounted for a 63 percent increase in volume it its fiscal year that began last July.

The SCPA reported its container volume increased nearly five percent FY2016 but less than projected in January.

"January volumes were slightly down, which we expected due to strong comparisons against last year's performance as well as weakness overseas," said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. "Our volumes will likely remain fairly flat during the next several months until the spring, which is traditionally a strong season for SCPA."




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