May
08

Port Of Charleston Doing Brisk Business In Exports

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Port of Charleston doing brisk business in exports

May 8, 2008

By Peter Hull – The Post and Courier

During these times of economic woes, with consumer spending in a slump and imports staying at home, there is a silver lining at the Port of Charleston — exports are up.

Thanks in large part to the weak U.S. dollar, February was the second-best month in the history of the State Ports Authority for exports of loaded containers.

Also, exports of breakbulk cargo — goods that are difficult or impossible to transport in standard-size containers, such as automobiles — are up by a whopping 77 percent.

The flow of goods across Charleston’s docks, many of which are products of Palmetto State manufacturers or suppliers, has helped lessen the impact of a general downturn in cargo shipments nationwide.

Export business at International Forwarders Inc. in Charleston, which arranges international transportation and other services for importers and exporters, is up at least 20 percent, said Jack Daniel, president.

The rush to cash in on exports has seen the West Ashley company handle some unusual goods, Daniel said. They include grain transported in containers, and scrap rubber, metals and plastics that are melted down at overseas plants and resold as raw materials. “We’re seeing things exported that we’ve never seen before,” he said.

The commodities are going “all over,” Daniel said, from Europe to South America.

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This supports the belief that South Carolina is poised to have a great future as a logistics center. With the SC/GA joint port being built, the Jafza International development in Orangeburg County and the construction of I-73, the state will tremendous growth over the next 10 years.
MBD
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