Second Inland Port Shows SC’s Logistics Prowess


port craneThe South Carolina Ports Authority expects its second inland port, in Dillon, South Carolina, to open in April, a facility slated to support growing intermodal cargo volumes between the Port of Charleston and markets throughout the Carolinas, the Northeast, and the Midwest. The upcoming event will reflect South Carolina’s growth in logistics investments and freight movement.

SCPA first announced consideration of an inland port in Dillon in April of 2016, and that probably shouldn’t have come as a huge surprise, given the success of its first facility, Inland Port Greer, which opened in 2013. The Dillon announcement was followed in short order by a market studies, a proposed terminal layout and initial design phase, permitting and equipment requisition processes, and the award of construction contracts.

Inland ports have become increasingly important in managing the movement of containers to and from ocean ports. The idea is to transport container cargo by rail to an inland location, away from the port, for further processing and distribution. When it comes to exports, inland ports are used as staging areas for cargo containers making their way to ports. Besides mitigating port congestion, inland ports, because they promote the use of intermodal rail connections, represent a more environmentally friendly alternative to trucking containers to and from terminals. They also provide relief to beleaguered highway networks.



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