Ports in the state of South Carolina once again broke a monthly record for container traffic in November, the South Carolina Ports Association reported.
South Carolina imports are up over 21% from last year, and the state’s ports have broken monthly records for nine straight months.
According to South Carolina Ports CEO Jim Newsome — not the other Newsom who is destroying supply chains — Americans are consuming more foreign product than ever before.
“The sustained, robust demand for consumer goods continues to drive record-breaking cargo volumes and retail imports at the Port of Charleston,” he said.
“While the global supply chain remains strained from handling unprecedented amounts of cargo, SC Ports brings fluidity to the supply chain,” he said.
“We invested strategically in port infrastructure to provide much-needed capacity,” he added, “and we consistently deploy creative, responsive solutions to meet shippers’ needs.”
In good news, exports are now on the rise as well as imports.
Newsome said that despite the increased traffic, the state has prepared for such volume and has handled it well so far.
“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.”
He also praised the people of the state for their contributions to the project to shift the supply chain to states that have an interest in survival.
“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.