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.

Capacity

SC Ports have the capacity for high-performance, now and for the long-term.

New Container Terminal Opening

The opening of Hugh Leatherman Terminal (phase 1) at the Port of Charleston Q1 2021 instantly increases port capacity by 700,000 TEU. When fully-built HLT will increase Charleston’s annual throughput capacity by 50%. HLT is the only new US container terminal to open since 2009 and the only one currently permitted and under construction. A rare asset.

Ship Handling Capacity

Charleston will be the deepest port on the US East Coast in 2022 when the Charleston Harbor deepening project is complete. Charleston is already cleared to handle 19,000 TEU ships and even the largest ships calling USEC ports can pass in our channel today. Easy in. Easy out.

General Supply Chain Capacity

Drivers, trucks, chassis, rail, highways, IT capabilities, building sites, labor...we have it. At SC Ports you will find a Top 10 US port with significant untapped potential and capacity.

 

Inventory Control

We deliver the inventory control you need, now more than ever.

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. (24-Minutes to simply pick-up an import and exit.)

A Refreshingly Reliable Port Experience

We deliver the cargo velocity, visibility, predictability and support you need to hit your KPIs with confidence ... even in these crazy and challenging times. We’re an owner-operated port. Our aim is to keep freight moving and to give you the tools to you need to successfully manage your supply chain. And to stay out of your way.

 

 

You're in Good Company

In 2020, the market spoke clearly: SC Ports are the future of port-dependent distribution and supply chain capacity.

The Most Demanding Brands Are Demanding SC Ports

The best of times. The worst of times. 2020 Was wild ride. But in spite of all the challenges, Walmart announced a new 3 million sf import DC near Charleston. Michelin opened a 3 million sf DC near Inland Port Greer. Harbor Freight Tools hit stride with their 3 million sf DC near inland Port Dillon. TechTronic Industries, First Solar, Ross Stores, Lowe’s, Stanley Black and Decker and others announced or opened million sf buildings. And demand is still increasing.

Spec Buildings Like We’ve Never Seen

SC Port’s home market has become ground zero for new speculative development for portdependent business. Market absorption is fast. Supply continues to grow. In 2021 we are seeing million sf spec buildings for the first time and aggressive investment in smaller buildings with big box pads for rapid expansion. We are seeing spec buildings with 40 ft. clear heights. Developers, operators, and BCOs are bullish on SC Ports and the result is showing.

Even Exports Are Driving Investments

The Port of Charleston has become a fast-growing packaging and export point for Gulf Coast resin producers. More than 1.2 million sf of new operations added in 2020.