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46 THE JOURNAL OF COMMERCE MAY 16.2016 TOP 25 NORTH AMERICAN PORTS SPECIAL REPORT HOT ON THE heels of a record-setting Ma rch for South Ca rolina's inla nd port in Greer, the South Carolina Ports Authority announced plans to pursue a second inland facility near the North Carolina border. "Inland Port Greer is one of SCPA's most successful investments," Jim New- some, SCPA president and CEO, said in a statement. "If it is feasible, an additional inland port will be a great diversification of our logistics footprint." I n la nd p or t s , or f reig ht hubs anchored by an intermodal terminal, allow shippers to move goods via rail instead of using often costlier over-the- road trucking services. By locating their distribution hubs near an inland port, shippers also can save on drayage costs. Not only did Greer manage to con- vert a significant share of truck traffic to intermodal containerized rail that provided a cost benefit to shippers, New- some told The Journal of Commerce, but it also proved to be a successful business endeavor for the state port authority. A testa ment of t hat successf ul investment, the Greer operation handled 8,821 rail moves in March, the best- performing month on record for the nearly 3-year-old facility. Moves are up 66 percent, according the port authority, to 67,032 lifts, in the first nine months of the fiscal year that began last July 1. About 23 percent of conta iners imported or exported through Charles- ton last year moved by rail, with nearly 260,000 inter nat iona l inter moda l rail lifts handled in 2015. Intermodal volume rose at the staggering rate of 166 percent since 2011, driving increased demand for additional inland port facili- ties beyond Greer, according to the port authority. "We're very excited about what Greer has brought to this state and region in terms of inland functionality," Newsome told The Journal of Commerce. Now Newsome wants to replicate that success with a second inland port — in Dillon, South Carolina, a city of approximately 7,000 residents more than 100 miles north of Charleston. "We don't have any commitments right now," Newsome told the JOC, before adding: "It takes an intermodal rail service, it takes "IF IT IS FEASIBLE, AN ADDITIONAL INLAND PORT WILL BE A GREAT DIVERSIFICATION OF OUR LOGISTICS FOOTPRINT." By Reynolds Hutchins CHARLESTON LOOKS INLAND — AGAIN Looking to build on the success of its Greer inland port, the South Carolina Ports Authority is studying a second hub suited for the 8,000- to 18,000-TEU vessels that call at Oakland, Chan noted. Oakland executives believe the Global Trade and Logistics Complex will distin- guish their port from others that also are moving to be mega-ship ready because it will attract imports and logistics operations to the port. The port is attempting to attract poten- tial importers to the logistics complex to help balance its cargo flows. Importers will be able to use the new complex to trans- fer merchandise from marine containers into 53-foot domestic containers that can be loaded onto BNSF and UP intermodal trains for shipment to the eastern half of the country. Import containers unloaded at the logistics facilities will be available for transloading of dry commodities at export facilities in the logistics complex. Oakland is already a major export port thanks to its location serving California's Central Valley, and the logistics complex will enhance its attractiveness for transloading grains from railcars to marine containers, as well as cold storage operations for meat and poultry exports. As these facilities are developed, Oak- land also will be in a better position to attract the coveted first-call inbound liner services now calling exclusively in Los Angeles-Long Beach on carriers' Pacific Southwest services. JOC Contact Bill Mongelluzzo at and follow him on Twitter: @billmongelluzzo. OAKLAND IS ALREADY A MAJOR EXPORT PORT THANKS TO ITS LOCATION SERVING CALIFORNIA'S CENTRAL VALLEY.

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