International commerce has been a key driver of the Charleston economy since 1670. With one of the world's most productive, deepwater seaports, quick access to international air hubs at JFK, Atlanta, and Dulles, dual rail service, multiple interstates, and highly reliable communications infrastructure, Charleston provides companies a seamless connection to world markets.

For companies looking to export and import, Charleston’s central East Coast location and access to one of the fastest-growing markets in the U.S.—the Southeast—are strategic advantages. The Port of Charleston offers the deepest harbor in the south Atlantic and provides global access to 150+ countries.

Nearly one-third of the U.S. population resides within 500 mi/800 km of the Charleston region



1 Day

from ship to SC inland Port

23 Min

average truck turn

29 Days

from shanghai to Memphis

Source: S.C. Ports Authority

This three-county region is home, workplace and inspiration to more than 700,000 voices, talents, passions and ideas. Three quarters of a million people who are globally connected through trade, technology and travel - and locally engaged to craft a legacy for the future.

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Port of Charleston

The most productive and the fastest growing port in North America. With the deepest harbor in the south Atlantic, Charleston is the only port in the Southeastern U.S. efficiently handling fully-loaded post-Panamax vessels. SC Ports is currently undergoing a project to deepen the harbor channel to 52 ft/15.85m by 2019, and is home to the only permitted new container terminal currently under construction on the U.S. East Coast – boosting capacity by 50%.


Charleston | SC 2017-2018: Approximately 55 to 60 million ft2 of industrial real estate market with 3 to 4 million ft2 of new space being added annually.

Foreign Trade Zones

Companies involved in international trade can take advantage of nearly a dozen general-purpose sites within Foreign Trade Zone 21, comprising almost 8,000 acres (3,238 hectares) of space. FTZs are restricted-access sites that allow businesses to store and process goods or raw materials duty and quota free until they're transported into the Customs territory of the United States or into another NAFTA country (Canada and Mexico).


The Charleston region is supported by a number of well-equipped warehousing firms. If you are researching the capabilities of warehousing firms in the Port of Charleston immediate market area, please use this link as the starting point of your data search or contact us directly.

Logistics Companies

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The Charleston region offers logistics companies of all sizes to handle your distribution needs. Here are a few of the global companies who have located their major distribution centers in Charleston, because they recognize the region’s strategic advantages for supply chain speed to market, seamless connectivity, and efficient market reach.

Sergio Fedelini

Vice President

"We consider the Port of Charleston one of the most successful seaports in the USA. The port is committed to leadership in trade and commerce, community and industry relations, infrastructure and transportation, and environmental stewardship. We appreciate the port’s collaboration with its industry partners to accommodate cargo demand and to continuously improve quality of service."

Trade-Related Resources

  • The South Carolina Department of Commerce has four international offices and administers the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program.
  • World Trade Center Charleston (WTCC) is part of the World Trade Centers of America network in 90 countries, and is operated under the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. The mission of WTCC is to be a resource for facilitation, promotion and education of global trade.
  • The Port of Charleston's Directory of Transportation & Trade Services, is a comprehensive guide to local trade and transportation-related services.
  • Charleston U.S. Export Assistance Center connects U.S. companies with international buyers, providing them with market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, and advocacy/commercial diplomacy support.
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