176 Concord Street, P.O. Box 22287, Charleston, SC 29413-2287
Contact: Erin Dhand, Manager, Corporate Communications and Community Affairs
Telephone: 843-577-8121 • Fax: 843-577-8127 • e-mail: EDhand@scspa.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Agricultural Products Trade Through the Port of Charleston
The Port of Charleston is one of
the nations largest seaports, and agricultural products
represent more than a third of its total volume.
In a recent 12-month period, Charleston
handled more than 413,000 TEUs (20-foot container equivalent units)
of agricultural products, or more than 47 TEUs every hour of every
day for a year.
Agricultural products generally fall
into the following cargo groupsFiber & Tow, Foodstuffs,
Logs & Lumber, Paper Products & Woodpulp.
- Charleston is one of the nations
largest ports for refrigerated cargo. Top refrigerated cargoes
are poultry, grapefruit, meat, juices, frozen fish, candy, vegetables
- Northeast Asia is the largest
market for refrigerated cargo with 45% of total, followed by
North Europe (15%), the Mediterranean (12%), East Europe (10%)
and West Coast South America (4%).
WINE & SPIRITS
- The Port of Charleston is the
nations largest port for containerized frozen poultry
exports, moving 26,000 TEUs (20-foot container equivalent units)
nearly 20% of the countrys entire poultry exports in 2000.
Leading destinations are Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Puerto
Rico, China and Russia.
- Charleston moves more than 100,000
tons of wine and spirits annually between the U.S. and 58 countries
around the world. In the first four months of this year, Charleston
handled 2,800 TEUs (20-foot container equivalent units) loaded
with wine and spirits, compared to 2,500 TEUs last year for
an increase of 12%.
- Charlestons wine and spirits
trade is import-dominated, with nearly a third of the total
being still wines from Italy, Chile and France. Other top inbound
cargoes are whiskey, gin, vodka and cordials.
- While imports remained constant
between January and April, rising only 3%, exports jumped 42%
as a result of outbound bourbon and whiskey increases to the
U.K., Germany, France and Belgium.
- Over the past three years, Charleston
has seen imported wine and spirits decline slightly from its
high in 1998. Meanwhile, exports have increased substantially
on stronger bourbon and whiskey shipments. In a recent 12-month
period, U.S. whiskeys and bourbons were shipped to more than
40 countries around the world from Charleston.
- Forest products represent more
than half of Charlestons total agricultural products trade,
with more than 220,000 TEUs annually. It is primarily an export
trade, with outbound forest products representing 71% of total.
- Virtually all of the woodpulp
(98%) handled through Charleston, totaling 65,000 TEUs annually,
is exported to overseas markets. Leading export markets for
woodpulp through Charleston are the Netherlands, Japan and Germany.
- Paper products are also export
dominated, with imports representing only 23% of total. Top
destinations are Hong Kong, China, the U.K. and the Philippines.
- Logs and lumber is the only import
trade lane, with inbound shipments making up 32% of the total.
Chile is the primary source of this product.