Buildings & labor

SC Ports have what most port markets don’t right now … millions of square feet of Class A buildings available now with a robust labor force well-suited to jobs in a modern distribution center.

Spec buildings
ready now

Leading industrial developers are investing heavily in spec buildings near SC Port facilities for all the right reasons. That means we have a wide variety of buildings from 100,000sf single-loaders to 500,000sf cross-dock that are ready for occupancy right now and more coming.

The labor you need

South Carolina, including our near port markets, have a low-unionization rate (2.7%), a strong work ethic, a combination of urban and rural workforces that can offer counter cyclical availability, and affordable wages for material handlers.

Low operating costs

Your margins are low. Your expectations are high. We get it. Which is why South Carolina is an outstanding location for your next port-dependent investment. It’s the perfect combination of low-cost and high-performance.

 Minimal expense, maximum reach

Operating a 500,000 sf DC near SC Ports is about half the annual cost of the same operation in California’s Inland Empire and substantially less than other port markets on the East Coast and the Lehigh Valley.

Fast, low-cost inland reach

Our port locations are ideal for efficiently reaching the highest number of major metro areas and consumers in the region. 72 Million consumers live within 500 miles of the Port of Charleston. 92 Million within 500 miles of Inland Port Greer. We have ample truckers, 5-interstate highways, and intermodal connectivity to the major markets east of the Mississippi River.

Control Your Inventory.

Gain maximum velocity, flexibility, and reliability in the movement of your containers from ship deck to your DC door. How?

Instant Access To Import Containers

Only SC Ports allows you to pick up import loads immediately upon vessel discharge. That’s right. The moment your box hits the ground, we allow you to load it and go.

Fast Truck Turn Times

Our Charleston container average truck turn time is 54 minutes for a double move, including the queue outside of the gate. So, that’s move through the queue outside, gate-in, drop an empty, pick-up an import load, and gate-out in less than an hour on average.

Flexibility

Inland Port Greer gives retailers 7-days of added free-time and 24/7 gates which allows you to eliminate costly assessorial fees like demurrage, container per diem, and chassis fees. That added time also allows nearby DCs to run drop and pick truck operations feeding 3 full shifts if desired.

Lower Your Costs.

Margins are low. Expectations are high. Operate your next DC with confidence that you’re contributing positively to the bottom line.

Lower Operating Costs

Operating a 500,000 sf DC near SC Ports is about half the annual cost of the same operation in California’s Inland Empire and substantially less than the Lehigh Valley and most near-port markets on the East Coast.

Lower Inbound Costs From The Marine Terminal

A wide variety of near-port buildings in the Charleston and Inland Port Greer markets are available for clients looking to get maximal truck turns per day to and from the port facilities. Whether you’re looking for 4 turns/day or 1/day, a position is available.

Lower Outbound Costs To Your Stores and Consumers

South Carolina’s near-port locations are ideal for efficiently reaching the highest number of major metro areas and consumers at the lowest cost. More than 72 Million consumers live within 500 miles of the Port of Charleston; 92 Million within 500 miles of Inland Port Greer. Take advantage of an ample supply of truckers, 5-interstate highways, and intermodal connectivity to the major markets east of the Mississippi.

Act Fast. We’re Ready.

The marketpace is changing fast and retailers everywhere need to be nimble and decisive. It helps to know that one port system has the buildings and labor available now to get started quickly.

No Waiting: Spec Buildings Ready For Occupancy

Leading industrial developers are investing heavily in spec buildings near SC Port facilities due to strong market fundamentals, which creates opportunity for retailers. Approximately 7 million square feet of Class A industrial distribution centers are available, or about to be available, in the near-port Charleston and Greer markets. Buildings range from 100,000 square foot single-loaders to 500,000 square foot cross-docks. Many have expansion capabilities up to +1 million square feet.

The Labor You Need

Labor is tight everywhere. There’s no magic wand for that. However, South Carolina’s near-port markets are in significant metro areas that border rural areas giving DC operators a unique labor pool with a larger than expected supply of prospective material handlers, lift truck operators, and seasonal workers. With the overlap of urban and agricultural workers the potential is there for counter-cyclical availability that may assist in staffing for holiday season peaks. Check the demographics here for more details.