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October Volumes Up at Port of Charleston

Charleston, SC - Container volume at the Port of Charleston increased 6% in October, despite broader economic challenges.

In October, the Port of Charleston's three container facilities handled 146,878 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs), an increase of nearly 6% from the same month last year and a gain of more than 16% from the previous month.

“Given the volume trends both here and across the country, it's somewhat of a pleasant surprise,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and CEO of the S.C. State Ports Authority (SCSPA), following Tuesday's Board meeting. “We certainly wish this were a trend, but based on what our customers are telling us, it's more likely an aberration.”

Loaded import container volume was up 4% from the same month last year and up 17% from the previous month. Loaded exports declined slightly, dropping 1% from October 2007 and falling 3% from the previous month.

Breakbulk tons also rallied in October, with 114,359 tons of cargo moved at the SCSPA's facilities in Charleston and Georgetown. This represents a 47% gain over the same month in 2007.