December 7, 2021

SC Ports sets all-time monthly container record in November

SC Ports handled a record amount of containers in November. (Photo/SCPA/English Purcell)

CHARLESTON, SC — DEC. 7, 2021 — South Carolina Ports sets all-time monthly records for containers handled in November when measuring by both twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and pier containers, which account for boxes of any size.

November marks the ninth consecutive month of year-over-year monthly record cargo volumes as unprecedented retail imports continue to flow into the Port of Charleston. November volumes also surpassed the previous monthly container record, which was set in March.

“The sustained, robust demand for consumer goods continues to drive record-breaking cargo volumes and retail imports at the Port of Charleston,” SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome said. “While the global supply chain remains strained from handling unprecedented amounts of cargo, SC Ports brings fluidity to the supply chain. We invested strategically in port infrastructure to provide much-needed capacity, and we consistently deploy creative, responsive solutions to meet shippers’ needs.”

SC Ports moved 250,711 TEUs at Wando Welch Terminal, North Charleston Terminal and Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in November, a 21% increase year-over-year. Thus far in fiscal year 2022, SC Ports has handled 1.17 million TEUs since July 1, up nearly 17% from the same time a year ago.

SC Ports handled 138,573 pier containers in November, up nearly 21% year-over-year. Fiscal-year-to-date, SC Ports has moved 650,363 pier containers, up 16% from the same time a year ago.

Loaded imports hit an all-time monthly record as well, with 127,081 loaded import TEUs handled in November, up 36% year-over-year. Meanwhile, loaded exports are now on the rise, with 67,639 loaded export TEUs moved in November, up nearly 5% from last year.

“With record throughput volumes, we are experiencing higher than normal on-terminal inventories, especially with empty containers,” Newsome said. “We are working with our ocean carrier partners to ramp up evacuations of empties to ensure we maintain terminal fluidity.”

SC Ports’ two rail-served inland ports — Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon — also saw a busy November with 16,629 combined rail moves reported. Inland Port Greer had a particularly strong month with 14,384 rail moves, up 28% year-over-year. SC Ports handled 14,901 vehicles last month at Columbus Street Terminal.

“Our excellent maritime community, motor carrier partners and SC Ports team continue to keep freight moving through the supply chain, supporting companies throughout the Southeast and beyond,” Newsome said.

About South Carolina Ports Authority

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 225,000 statewide jobs and generate nearly $63.4 billion in annual economic activity. SC Ports is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet. SC Ports 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. Please visit to learn more about SC Ports.