The SC State Ports Authority reports that April container shipments through the Port of Charleston jumped 28.5 percent from last year. April was the fourth straight month of year-over-year container volume increases for the port. In a release, Jim Newsome, president and CEO of the SCSPA states,
Exports have been leading the way lately, and now imports are coming back as well. Loaded export containers were up 38.1 percent in April from the same month in 2009, and loaded imports increased 25.1 percent. “Import growth is a very positive indicator and one that we’ll watch very closely in the coming months.
Ships can actually sail from Charleston drawing up to 48 feet, a huge advantage for ocean carriers and U.S. exporters. Now, with an expanding distribution and warehousing base, Charleston’s powerful role in the import network is being discovered.
Ports officials say April was Charleston’s strongest month for container volume in nearly a year and a half. In addition to the increase when compared to last year, April container volume was up 3.8 percent from the month prior.