SC container volume highest in 42 months

Charleston, SC (AP) - Container volume at the Port of Charleston has reached its highest level since the fall of 2008.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority announced Tuesday that almost 135,000 of the 20-foot container units moved through the port last month.

Container cargo is measured on the basis of 20-foot steel containers that can be stacked on ships and then moved to trucks or trains.

The March cargo total was an increase of 13 percent from February and 12 percent from March of last year. Container volume for the first quarter of the calendar year was up 7 percent from 2011.

In addition, there was a 53 percent increase in non-container cargo through the port compared with March of last year.

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