Container volume in Charleston up 17 percent

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Officials say container volume at the Port of Charleston increased nearly 17 percent during 2010.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority announced Tuesday that activity at the port was up every month last year over the same month in 2009.

For the year, container volume was up almost 17 percent with the port handling about 793,000 containers, compared to about 679,000 containers during 2009.

Ports Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome said that while growth in the next few months may not be as dramatic, the authority expects increased volume throughout 2011.

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