The Greer Inland Port is firing on all cylinders. With 6,076 rail moves in November alone, the port raised its total rail moves for the fiscal year to 34,307, an increase of 58.2% from 2014. Opened in 2013, the port continues to exceed expectations, boosting the profitability and growth of the Upstate’s thriving manufacturing sector.
Built as an inland extension of the Port of Charleston, the Greer port serves as a cost-effective and efficient shipping solution for customers throughout the Upstate. The area is home to many prominent international manufacturers including Michelin, Kobelco and BMW, which exported nearly 260,000 vehicles through the port in 2014. In addition, Dollar Tree has announced plans for a $104.4 million distribution center in the Upstate, a move that is expected to expand the volume of the port.
According to South Carolina Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome, the port authority’s fiscal year 2017 budget will likely include expansion of the Greer Inland Port. Currently, the port’s capacity is 120,000 containers per year. With expansion, that number would grow to 200,000 per year.
Calling the Greer Inland Port “a huge success,” Newsome says he’s pleased with the port’s growth so far. And if the numbers are any indication, it’s a growth spurt that’s not about to slow down anytime soon.
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