South Carolina Ports' announced that rail-served inland ports continue to see strong volumes, serving as a key connection between inland markets and the Port of Charleston.
It said that Inland Port Greer achieved an “all-time record month in August,” handling 16,857 rail moves.
Port of Charleston said this marked the most monthly moves in its history and an impressive 52% increase year-over-year.
Inland Port Greer sits between the Charlotte and Atlanta markets in Upstate South Carolina. Norfolk Southern moves cargo to and from the inland port for many advanced manufacturers, automotive companies, solar panel producers and retailers.
Inland Port Dillon — which sits along the North Carolina border and is served by CSX — also had a strong month. Inland Port Dillon handled 3,439 rail moves, a whopping 83% increase from a year ago.
"SC Ports' rail-served inland ports create more reliability, flexibility and speed for our customers' supply chains," said Barbara Melvin, president and CEO of SC Ports.
"Our incredibly successful inland port network reinforces the importance of providing near-port rail to the Port of Charleston with the new Navy Base Intermodal Facility, which is on track to open in 2025."
Despite this, container volumes continued to decline at the South Carolina ports.
For August, container volumes were down 9% year-on-year, handling 203,169 TEUs and 111,745 pier containers last month.
Lower peak season than usual
SC Ports noted that, in general, the US port industry is anticipating a slower peak season than typical due to a lower consumer appetite and a tempered US economy.
"Customers looking for efficient operations and reliable service on the US East Coast find a powerful alternative gateway with South Carolina Ports," Melvin said.
"SC Ports delivers cargo capacity and excellent port service in the thriving Southeast market," she added.
Meanwhile, despite the volume slowdown, the port noted that its vehicle segment remained strong, with 17,876 vehicles moving through the Port of Charleston in August, up 9% year-over-year.