Charleston port opens $14m reefer cargo service facility

Charleston port opens $14m reefer cargo service facility

South Carolina’s state Ports Authority (SCPA) has opened a $14m refrigerated cargo service area at Charleston Port’s Wando Welch Terminal.

Covering six acres, the facility includes a 12-lane service canopy, storage and staging areas for diesel-powered generators, container washing areas and four five-storey refrigerated container racks providing an additional 120 electrical plugs for cold-storage containers.

Charleston is a major gateway port for meat and poultry producers in the Carolinas and refrigerated cargo volume at the port has grown 86% since 2011.

Fresh and frozen meat and poultry account for around 6% of the port’s exports.

The increased demand for reefer facilities is a two-way phenomenon with there also being a growing market in the region for imported refrigerated products.

About 55% of the goods Charleston port handles are imports while 45% are exports.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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