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By investing more than $2 billion in port infrastructure and significantly increasing our workforce, SC Ports provides speed-to-market.

Cargo capacity, fluidity for your supply chain

SC Ports has invested more than $2 billion in port infrastructure in recent years. Investments have yielded new ship-to-shore cranes, more cargo capacity, increased terminal efficiency, and most notably, the country’s newest container terminal. The state-of-the-art Leatherman Terminal adds 700,000 TEUs of cargo capacity and an additional berth to the East Coast port market.

Opportunities abound for import distribution centers and transload facilities to locate near a well-run port and a dual-served intermodal rail network in the booming Southeast market. Your supply chain will benefit from SC Ports’ fluidity and capacity. Connect with our team.

Efficient operations speed goods to market

Cargo owners benefit from the reliable, efficient service at the Port of Charleston’s container terminals and two rail-served inland ports.

Express rail service from two Class I railroads ensure your cargo swiftly moves to the rail heads and near-port distribution centers. Overnight rail service to two inland ports quickly transports good throughout the Southeast and Midwest.

Efficient operations speed goods to market, benefiting your bottom line.

Express rail service

SC Ports offers express rail service from two Class I railroads, with intermodal imports arriving at the rail heads within 24 hours. Cargo owners benefit from fast import transit to population centers and overnight rail service between the Port of Charleston and two inland ports.

Inland Port Greer — located along the Interstate 85 corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta — and Inland Port Dillon — situated along Interstate 95 near the North Carolina border — expand the port’s reach inland, giving cargo owners access to U.S. population centers and global markets through the Port of Charleston.

SC Ports is also developing the Navy Base Intermodal Facility, a rail-served cargo yard near Leatherman Terminal that will be served by both CSX and Norfolk Southern. It is designed to speed goods to market for customers.

Opening near-port distribution centers

By establishing near-port distribution centers in South Carolina, retailers can lower operating costs with access to the available labor pool and growing consumer base in the Southeast.

SC Ports helps companies navigate the site selection process — including analyzing market intelligence, eligible incentives, regulations and infrastructure needs — to open an import distribution center or transload facility.

Additionally, the port-owned Ridgeville Industrial Campus — where Walmart is building its 3-million-square-foot import distribution center — has available land for additional distribution centers or transload facilities.

South Carolina has available land and warehouses for your operation. Connect with our team.

Investing in infrastructure, enhancing capacity

SC Ports has invested more than $2 billion in port infrastructure in recent years to significantly increase capacity for growing cargo volumes.

SC Ports opened the first greenfield port container terminal in the U.S. in more than a decade with the launch of operations at Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in March 2021. Phase One of Leatherman Terminal adds 700,000 TEUs of annual throughput capacity and an additional berth capable to the East Coast port market.

Leatherman Terminal’s five ship-to-shore cranes with 169 feet of lift height above the wharf deck are capable of working a 20,000-TEU vessel. At full buildout, the three-berth Leatherman Terminal will have 2.4 million TEUs of annual throughput capacity.

Work is ongoing to modernize Wando Welch Terminal to handle record cargo volumes and mega container ships. Wando Welch Terminal will soon have 15 ship-to-shore cranes with 155 feet of lift height. When work is complete, the three-berth terminal will have 2.4 million TEUs of annual throughput capacity.

An expansion of Inland Port Greer is also underway to handle more cargo and enhance rail infrastructure at the rail-served inland port in Upstate South Carolina. Inland Port Greer extends the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland via rail, and 94 million consumers can be reached within a one-day truck trip from the inland terminal.

SC Ports is now developing the Navy Base Intermodal Facility, a rail-served cargo yard near Leatherman Terminal that will be served by both CSX and Norfolk Southern. The near-dock intermodal facility is designed to speed goods to market for customers. An inner-harbor barge operation will move containers between Wando Welch Terminal and Leatherman Terminal.

Shipping, any tide of day

SC Ports will have the deepest harbor on the East Coast at 52 feet in 2022. Achieving 52 feet of depth in Charleston Harbor and widening the Wando River turning basin enables mega container ships to access port terminals any tide of day, allowing for more expedited logistics.

The Charleston Harbor Deepening Project, led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, is fully funded and on schedule. All five dredging contracts have been awarded. The full project is on track for a mid-2022 completion.

Expansive cold storage facilities

SC Ports has expansive cold storage facilities at the Port of Charleston to handle refrigerated and frozen goods with care.

The expanded refrigerated container area at Wando Welch Terminal and the new refrigerated cargo yard at Leatherman Terminal creates more capacity to handle grocery foods, agricultural goods, and other cargo requiring refrigeration or freezing capabilities.

SC Ports has ample cold-storage capacity and capabilities to meet any increased demand for the growing Southeast market.

Hear what our customers are saying

BMW Manufacturing

“BMW Manufacturing’s success as the country’s largest automotive exporter by value would not be possible without the strong relationship we have with SC Ports. During our 25 years of production, SC Ports has consistently run efficient operations, enabling BMW to export 70% of our South Carolina-made vehicles to more than 125 countries around the world. SC Ports has also found creative ways to move our vehicles to customers faster, including overnight rail service between Inland Port Greer and the Port of Charleston. We look forward to continued growth for both BMW and SC Ports.” — Knudt Flor, retired president and CEO of BMW Manufacturing


“We found a great partner in SC Ports for our new, $220 million distribution center in Dorchester County, South Carolina. SC Ports’ business mindset, efficient operations and shovel-ready site at the Ridgeville Commerce Park helped make this project a reality. Our new import distribution center will create 1,000 jobs and supply several regional distribution centers, supporting approximately 850 Walmart stores and Sam’s Clubs across South Carolina and beyond. SC Ports’ proven track record of handling high-demand supply chain needs for the automotive industry gives us full confidence in their ability to meet our retail distribution and e-commerce needs. We are excited about the impact this new facility will have on the regional economy and how it will help us better serve customers across the Southeast.” — Greg Smith, Executive Vice President of Supply Chain for Walmart

Lineage Logistics

“As one of the world’s largest refrigerated warehousing companies, Lineage Logistics requires strong partners to protect the integrity of temperature-controlled supply chains worldwide. SC Ports has invested in port terminals, including by expanding refrigerated cargo areas and adding new ship-to-shore cranes. These assets are crucial as we continually expand in the Lowcountry, including a recent $34 million investment in our Charleston County facility. Lineage Logistics can count on SC Ports to provide efficient operations and excellent cold-storage capabilities to support our growth.” — Tim Smith, Lineage Logistics’ executive vice president of business development

JLL (Chicago)

“The trick in supply chain is to keep goods flowing and get them to and from the port as efficiently and effectively as possible. SC Ports has created a very efficient intermodal connection to both Greer and Dillon, S.C. which is a competitive advantage for both their manufacturing and distribution customers.” — Rich Thompson, global head of supply chain & logistics solutions, JLL (Chicago).  

SC Ports handles record cargo volumes year-over-year. (Photo/English Purcell/SC Ports Authority)
Hugh Leatherman Terminal/Walter Lagarenne

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