To facilitate completion of the South Carolina Ports Authority (SPCA) inland port terminal in Greer, S.C., the board approved $2.7 million in funding to cover unforeseen weather and topography challenges from site construction. Previously, the board approved $41.2 million for the project as part of a $1.3-billion 10-year SCPA capital plan for new and existing port facilities.
The inland port is open, with SCPA staff on-site testing IT systems and handling other preliminary operational activities. Regular cargo activity is expected to begin this week with construction ongoing at the site through the end of the year.
“In the long term, the inland port will be catalyst for redefining how distribution is done in South Carolina and surrounding areas,” said Newsome. “We have to focus on innovative solutions to logistics challenges. I think we’ll look back on this as an extremely good investment.”
Situated on a 91-acre site, the terminal offers overnight rail service to and from the Port of Charleston with initial utilization of approximately 40,000 container moves annually with the potential to expand to 100,000 moves annually.