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SC Ports is the silent partner in your supply chain, offering reliable service, efficient operations, fast truck turn times and a dual-served intermodal rail network to swiftly move goods to the booming Southeast market. SC Ports boasts ample capacity and big-ship infrastructure, while consistently providing predictable service and customized solutions. We are ready to partner with you.

Reliable, efficient operations at SC Ports

SC Ports is known for its reliable, efficient service at the Port of Charleston’s marine terminals and two rail-served inland ports.

With no vessel wait times, vessel production averages 37 crane moves per hour. Cargo owners benefit from congestion-free terminals and fast truck turn times, with motor carriers spending an average of 41 minutes at marine terminals and nine minutes at inland ports.

SC Ports provides customized solutions for cargo owners, retailers and logistics partners to increase speed-to-market and benefit their bottom line.

Capacity, fluidity and predictability for retailers

SC Ports offers retailers accelerated shipping, predictable logistics and enhanced container visibility to exceed KPIs.

Retailers can benefit from fast truck turn times, express rail service from two Class I railroads, and overnight rail service to two inland ports. SC Ports’ efficient operations ensure intermodal imports arrive at rail heads within 24 hours, and the Port of Charleston’s location provides access to the booming Southeast market.

SC Ports is highly skilled at handling high-demand supply chain needs for global companies following decades of experience moving goods and vehicles just-in-time for advanced manufacturers — a skillset that plays well to retailers’ needs.

SC Ports has the capacity, the capabilities and the fluidity on terminals to handle growing retail volumes for e-commerce and omnichannel sales, distribution centers and brick-and-mortar stores. Come to SC Ports and see the benefit of reliable, predictable and cost-effective service.

Distribution center acreage to access new markets

Retailers can lower operating costs and access a growing consumer base by locating distribution hubs in South Carolina.

SC Ports helps companies navigate the site selection process, market intelligence, eligible incentives, regulatory environment and necessary infrastructure required to open an import distribution center or transload facility. South Carolina has available land and warehouses for your operation.

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.

Rail service to move goods inland

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.

SC Ports has seen great success with its rail-served 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 plans to further expand Inland Port Greer, as well as create near-dock rail through the Navy Base Intermodal Facility, a future cargo facility near the Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston that will be dual-served by both Class I railroads.

Expansive cold storage facilities

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

SC Ports expanded its refrigerated container area at Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant, S.C., to create more capacity to grocery foods, agricultural goods, and other cargo requiring refrigeration or freezing capabilities.

The opening of Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal in North Charleston, S.C. adds additional refrigerated capacity at SC Ports. This six-acre refrigerated cargo area will have six-story tall refrigerated container racks, enabling SC Ports to handle more refrigerated and frozen cargo.

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

20,000-TEU vessels welcome

SC Ports is investing more than $2 billion in big-ship capabilities and port infrastructure to ensure ample capacity for decades to come. In 2021, SC Ports will have the ability to handle a 20,000-TEU vessel when it opens the first U.S. container terminal since 2009.

The Hugh K. Leatherman Terminal launched operations in North Charleston, S.C., in March 2021, adding 700,000 TEUs of annual throughput capacity to the Port of Charleston. Phase One will have five ship-to-shore cranes — each with 169 feet of lift height and 228 feet of outreach. The 47-acre container yard will have 25 hybrid rubber-tired gantry cranes and a refrigerated cargo yard to optimize operations.

Ongoing investments at the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant, S.C., will yield 15 ship-to-shore cranes with 155 feet of lift height, 65 rubber-tired gantry cranes, a strong wharf to handle big ships, a new refrigerated container yard, efficient terminal operations and a capacity of 2.4 million TEUs. These combined investments will enable SC Ports to handle four 14,000-TEU container ships simultaneously in 2021.

Shipping, any tide of day

SC Ports will have the deepest harbor on the East Coast in 2021, allowing mega container ships to arrive or depart any tide of day. The 52-foot depth, combined with the widening of entrance channels and turning basins, will enable mega container ships to access port terminals any time without tidal restrictions, allowing for more expedited logistics.

The significant 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.

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, 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).  

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