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SC Ports Authority

The South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) promotes, develops and facilitates waterborne commerce to meet the current and future needs of its customers, and for the economic benefit of the citizens and businesses of South Carolina. The SCPA fulfills this mission by delivering cost competitive facilities and services, collaborating with customers and stakeholders, and sustaining its financial self-sufficiency.

Located about 200 miles away in the Charleston/Georgetown area, the South Carolina State Ports Authority (SPA) serves ships and barges at its seaport terminals in Charleston, Georgetown and Port Royal. All ports provide container-loading facilities and are within three to four hours of the area. US trade partners, including Northern Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Africa and Western Europe, have ships carrying trade through Charleston’s harbors.

Inland Port Greer opened in October 2013, extending the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles inland to Greer, S.C., and providing shippers with access to more than 95 million consumers within a one-day drive. Inland Port Greer boosts efficiency for international freight movements between the Port of Charleston and companies located across the Southeast, and the project is expected to create additional economic investment in the South Carolina Upstate, where BMW, Michelin and other international manufacturers already operate.

Norfolk Southern serves Inland Port Greer through its main rail line, and the facility is positioned along the Interstate 85 corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta, where Norfolk Southern operates additional rail yards. Rail service maximizes tonnage moved per gallon of fuel for importers and exporters, helping them save costs and lower their carbon footprint. The inland port adds an additional benefit – access to empty containers – for regional shippers, who can send trucks to Greer for the containers they need to move their goods.

south Carolina Ports Authority AT A GLANCE

  • Public port facilities in Charleston, Georgetown and Greer
  • Deliver $53 billion in annual statewide economic impact and support 1 in 11 jobs across South Carolina
  • Diverse cargo: containerized, breakbulk and rolling stock, and cruise


  • Grew more than 2 TIMES the national port market average.
  • Grew 10% in calendar year 2015.
  • Handled 1.12 million containers in calendar year 2015.
  • Fastest growing major U.S. port since 2011.
  • Moved 1 million tons of non-containerized cargo in calendar year 2015.
  • Served 2,066 vessel calls last year.


  • Most productive in the nation, with high container crane production and low truck turn times
  • Competitive dual Class One rail service and RapidRail drayage program
  • Deepwater harbor now and in the future, already handling 16 weekly calls by Post-Panamax vessels


  • 1 Day Ship to Inland Port Greer
  • 19 of 20 Top Container Lines
  • 23 Min Average Truck Turn
  • 500 Ton Barge Crane
  • 29 Days: Shanghai to Atlanta

 Link to South Carolina Ports Authority: http://www.scspa.com/


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