DILLON, S.C. — South Carolina leaders recently met with port representatives from the South Carolina Ports Authority to celebrate the official groundbreaking of an inland port project in Dillon.
The inland port will handle intermodal cargo volumes between the Port of Charleston and other markets throughout the Carolinas, Northeast, and Midwest. Located about 160 miles from the Port of Charleston near the South and North Carolina border, the new facility will be served mostly by CSX Transportation trains and trucks from nearby Interstate 95.
According to the authority, international intermodal rail lifts have increased 170 percent since 2011, with 23 percent of the Port of Charleston’s containerized import and export volume moving by rail.
The initial phase is expected to handle at least 45,000 containers annually, offering overnight intermodal rail service to and from the Port of Charleston via CSX.
The facility will open sometime in 2018.