From a logistics standpoint, South Carolina is hard to beat. South Carolina is within 1,000 miles of 75% of the U.S. population; perfect for shipping perishable and non-perishable items domestically. South Carolina’s interstates are enhanced by more than 41,000 miles of state-maintained highways, offering excellent east-west and north-south access. From major interstate roadways and ports serving as global destinations, the Palmetto State makes doing business easy.
The Port of Charleston is one of the busiest container ports along the southeast and Gulf coasts and is recognized as one of the nation’s most efficient and productive ports averaging 41 moves per hour per crane, well above the U.S. port standard of 25-27 moves per hour per crane. The deep harbor and high bridges also allow the port to serve ships of 8,000 TEUs and its close proximity to the open sea saves valuable time. The Port of Charleston has the deepest shipping channels in the southeast and can accommodate up to a 48-foot draft during high tide and a 43-foot draft 24 hours a day.
The South Carolina Ports Authority owns and operates two inland facilities which allow cargo owners to minimize their inland expense while enhancing flexibility and efficiency, and realizing savings on variable costs such as container per diems, chassis rental, and demurrage. South Carolinas Inland Port Greer and Inland Port Dillon are innovative, intermodal rail facilities that deliver the benefits of a coastal marine terminal many miles inland.
Learn more about South Carolina’s intensive port system by visiting, South Carolina’s Ports Authority website.
South Carolina borders Georgia making access to the Port of Savannah convenient for agribusinesses. Considered, the single largest and fastest-growing container terminal in America, the Port of Savannah serves as another conduit through which raw materials and finished products flow to and from destinations around the globe.
Learn more by visiting, Georgia Ports Authority website.
Any location in South Carolina is within about an hour of a commercial airport, with four primary airports located at Columbia, Charleston, Greenville-Spartanburg and Myrtle Beach. In addition, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, just north of Rock Hill, is within a few hours’ drive of most South Carolina locations, as is Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in central Georgia.
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The Journal of Commerce acknowledged that the Port of Charleston is “regarded as the most productive East Coast port.”