Soon to celebrate the sixth anniversary of its opening, the SC Inland Port has been an invaluable economic asset for Spartanburg County and the entire Upstate.
The Greer facility sits near the intersection of Interstates 85 and 26, linking interstate traffic with cargo flights from Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport and shipping container to the Port of Charleston, the Inland Port’s economic and logistics tag-team partner in the Lowcountry.
The port enables cargo containers to be shipped overnight from the Upstate to Charleston, much to the benefit of the more than 200 foreign-owned companies from 25 countries operating in Spartanburg County; international giants like Michelin, Toray Industries, Kobelco and BMW.
SC Inland Port by the numbers:
The Inland Port extends the Port of Charleston’s reach 212 miles to the Upstate of South Carolina, giving shipments easier access to key export and import clients.
Containers can be taken from Greer to Charleston, or vice-versa, overnight and are ready to be sent to their next destination by 8 a.m. the next morning.
That flexibility means Inland Port shipments are within a one-day drive of about 95 million people in the Eastern half of the U.S.
In January 2019, it was announced the South Carolina Ports Authority received a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand its terminal capacity, allow for additional storage and processing tracks at the port.
The expansion will lead to the Inland Port’s lead track and rail line expanding to about 15,100 feet, and the paving of up to 40 acres of land to add additional infrastructure capabilities at the facility.
The Inland Port broke yet another record in August 2019, recording 14,854 rail moves, or the number of containers coming through the port’s gates, up 24 percent from the previous August.
For the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Inland Port saw a total of 143,204 rail moves, which was up 22 percent from the year before.
“SCPA’s container business had a record-setting fiscal year and our inland ports in Greer and Dillon continue to see record growth year-over-year,” SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome said in a news release. “This accomplishment is the result of the entire South Carolina maritime community’s dedication to providing a great product to our customers.”