The Port of Charleston, less than two and one-half hours away, is one of the four largest container-handling ports in the country. With $39 billion annually in international shipments, the Charleston customs district ranks as the nation’s sixth largest; Charleston’s harbor was recently deepened to 45 feet at mean low water, which should enable the harbor to serve even larger freighters. The port primarily exports to northern Europe and Asia-which account for 67% of Charleston’s total volume-but still serves more than 150 nations.
The Port of Savannah also provides a significant international shipping option; the Port’s Garden City Terminal is a dedicated container facility-the largest of its kind on the East Coast. Savannah’s Ocean Terminal is a break-bulk facility handling forest and solid wood products, steel, project shipments and heavy-lift cargoes, and CSX and Norfolk Southern provide service to both terminals.
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