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SC ports see best month since 2007

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Container volume on ships continues to grow sharply at the Port of Charleston and May was the best month in more than 7 years.

The South Carolina Ports Authority was told Wednesday the port handled almost 92,000 containers, an increase of more than 15 percent over May 2013. It made the month the busiest since March 2007.

Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said the figures are bit inflated because several ships called at Charleston at the very end of the month.

“I don’t predict a trend out of this. We’re happy about it, but I believe the future is more conservative growth due to a lot of uncertainty in the economy as far as U.S. consumption and China is sending some mixed signals now as far as growth,” he said.

 
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