- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Container volume moving across the docks in Charleston continues to outpace last year.

The board of the South Carolina Ports Authority was told during its meeting Wednesday that container volume through the Port of Charleston is up about 3 percent for the fiscal year that began last July.

The ports have handled the equivalent of almost 1.6 million 20-foot shipping containers. Because containers are of different sizes, volume is generally reported in how many 20-foot containers the cargo would fill.

During April, the authority handled almost 158,000 of the containers which was down slightly from April of 2015.

Authority president and CEO Jim Newsome says that’s a trend reflected at other East Coast ports. He says in recent months the container trade has generally been slower.

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