The difference is less than two-tenths of 1 percent, but it will determine whether the Port of Charleston ranks among the nation’s top five import hubs or falls just below that level.
A report this week by Journal of Commerce, a maritime industry publication, said the Port of Charleston experienced 12.48 percent growth in imports last year — the fifth-highest total among all U.S. ports.
Trouble is, the State Ports Authority’s official figures put import growth at 12.02 percent in 2015. And that would put the Port of Charleston at No. 6 on the top 10 list — right behind the Port of Houston’s 12.18 percent growth rate.