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Seamless Global Connections

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.

Port of Charleston

1
day from ship to SC Inland Port
60
min. average 2-way truck turn
29
days from Shanghai to Atlanta
13
of 15 top container lines
500
ton barge crane
$2.6
Billion in planned CAPEX
52ft
(15.85m) depth following harbor deepening project
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Nearly one-third of the U.S. population resides within 500 mi/800 km of the Charleston region

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 52ft/15.85m by 2021, and is home to the only permitted new container terminal currently under construction on the U.S. East Coast – boosting capacity by 50%.

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Foreign Trade Zones

Companies involved in international trade can take advantage of nearly a dozen general-purpose sites with 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 being transported into the Customs territory of the United States or into another NAFTA country (Canada and Mexico).

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Industrial Real Estate

Charleston | SC 2020: Appx 60-70 million SF of industrial real estate in the market with 2 to 3 million SF being added annually.

Source: Q3 2019 market reports from Colliers, Avison Young and Bridge Commercial. Search Now

Warehousing Logistics Solutions

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

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Sergio Fedelini

Vice President
MSC MEDITERRANEAN SHIPPING CO (USA) INC.

"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. 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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