Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Berkeley, Charleston & Dorchester Counties

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Easy Access to World Markets

With the most productive port in North America, an integrated rail and highway system and a growing international airport, Charleston provides highly efficient access to the global marketplace. Our central location, roughly halfway between Washington DC and Miami, offers prime inroads into the burgeoning US Southeast.
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Port of Charleston


Make sure to take an interactive tour of our port terminals.
  • S.C. State Ports Authority’s operations facilitate 260,800 jobs across the state and nearly $45 billion in economic activity each year
  • In the Charleston MSA alone, the jobs impact totals 50,700
  • Deepest water in the Southeastern U.S
  • Only port in the Southeast that can efficiently handle post-Panamax vessels up to 9,600 TEUs
  • Serves more than 150 countries worldwide, 40 steamship lines, including all top 20 carriers
  • Competitive, multi-carrier access to every major trade lane
  • Handles more than 1.5 million TEUs annually
  • New three-berth, 280-acre container terminal under construction
  • 20 million+ square feet of prime industrial space in development near I-95 (30 miles from port)

Union Pier Terminal

  • Dedicated breakbulk and Ro/Ro cargo terminal
  • 4 berths
  • Easy access to I-26
  • Multiple rail lines serving warehouses and dockside open storage areas
  • Less than one hour transit time to open ocean
  • Class 1 rail access by both CSX and Norfolk-Southern

Columbus Street Terminal

  • Combination roll-on, roll-off and breakbulk terminal
  • 6 berths
  • Easy access to I-26
  • On-terminal rail yard
  • One hour transit time to open ocean
  • Class 1 rail access by both CSX and Norfolk-Southern

North Charleston Terminal

  • Container terminal
  • 2,460 feet of continuous berth
  • Easy access to I-26 and I-526
  • On-terminal rail yard
  • Two hours transit time to open ocean
  • Class 1 rail access by both CSX and Norfolk-Southern

Wando Welch Terminal

  • Container terminal
  • 3,800 feet of continuous berth
  • Less than 1 mile to I-526; easy access to I-26
  • 16.4 nautical miles from sea buoy
  • 1.5 hours transit time to open ocean

Veterans Terminal

  • Fully secured dedicated bulk, break-bulk and project cargo facility
  • Four piers
  • Easy access to I-26
  • 1.5 hours steaming time from the sea buoy
  • Rail service by both Norfolk-Southern & CSX
  • Class 1 rail access by both CSX and Norfolk-Southern

South Carolina Inland Port

  • Container facility in Greer, S.C., connected to the Port of Charleston by an overnight rail route
  • Initial capacity of 40,000 moves annually with expansion opportunities of up to 100,000 moves annually
  • Extends ports reach 212 miles inland and provides access to 94 million consumers within a one-day drive

View more information on the Port of Charleston and its impact on our Global Business.

Also, the Port of Charleston's website includes a Directory of Transportation & Trade Services, a comprehensive guide to local trade and transportation-related services.
Make sure to take an interactive tour of our Charleston area airports.

Charleston International Airport

  • Quick access to I-26 & I-526
  • Six airlines: American Eagle, Continental, Delta, Southwest, United, US Airways, JetBlue
  • 100+ daily flights (view flight schedule)
  • Non-stop service to 18 major hubs in 14 U.S. cities.
    (Includes service to both major airports in Washington DC, New York, Chicago, and Houston.)
  • Growing air cargo service
  • Runway lengths: 9,001 feet (2,744 meters) & 7,004 feet (2,135 meters)
  • Plans underway to extend both runways
  • Phone (843) 767-1100

Executive Airports


Atlantic Aviation and Landmark Aviation
  • Located in North Charleston
  • Runway length: 9,001 feet (2,743 meters)
  • Atlantic Aviation: (843) 746-7600
  • Landmark Aviation: (843) 414-9200
Berkeley County Airport
  • Located in Moncks Corner
  • Runway length: 3,800 feet (1,158 meters)
  • Phone (843) 899-7711
Dorchester County Airport - Summerville
  • Located in Summerville
  • Runway length: 3,700 feet (1,128 meters)
  • Phone (843) 563-0100 or (843) 412-1999
Dorchester County Airport - St. George
  • Located in St. George
  • Runway length: 3,201 feet (976 meters)
  • Phone (843) 563-0100 or (843) 412-1999
Mount Pleasant Regional Airport-Faison Field
  • Located in Mt. Pleasant
  • Runway length: 3,700 feet (1,128 meters)
  • Phone (843) 884-8837
Atlantic Aviation/Charleston Executive Airport
  • Located on Johns Island
  • Runway length: 5,000 feet (1,524 meters)
  • Phone (843) 559-2401

Primary Railways


Make sure to take an interactive tour of our primary railways.
  • CSX and Norfolk Southern both operate large, well-equipped rail yards
  • Dedicated intermodal trains for service to key markets
  • Daily express services inbound/outbound
  • Double stack, COFC and TOFC services
  • Exceptionally high and wide rail clearances for out-of-gauge cargo

CSX Transportation

  • 2700 Bennett Yard Road
  • Charleston, SC 29405
  • (843) 745-5399

Norfolk Southern

  • Intermodal operations at 4350 Goer Drive
  • North Charleston, SC
  • (843)566-8043
  • Chief Yard Clerk at 2200 Rich Street
  • North Charleston, SC
  • (843) 566-8042

South Carolina Public Railways

  • 540 East Bay Street
  • Charleston, SC 29403-6337
  • (843) 727-2067

Amtrak (National Rail Passenger Service)

  • 4565 Gaynor Avenue
  • North Charleston, SC 29405
  • (843) 744-8263 for station information
  • (800) 872-7245 for reservations/schedule information

Highway System


Make sure to take an interactive tour of our highway system.
  • 3 Interstate highways (I-26, I-95, I-526)
  • 3 major U.S. highways, 7 major state highways
  • I-95, I-77, I-20, I-85 and I-40 all link directly to I-26
  • 150+ trucking firms serve the market
  • Land-based shipments can reach most domestic markets within 48 hours