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Ground broken for Inland Port Dillon

This photo from the groundbreaking was provided by the South Carolina Ports Authority.

Ground was officially broken Friday on the new inland port in Dillon expected to support growing cargo volumes between the Port of Charleston and areas receiving goods.

“Inland Port Dillon will diversify SPCA’s footprint and enable port users to gain logistics efficiency through rail transportation of their cargo,” said Jim Newsome, SPCA president and CEO. “Inland ports provide infrastructure in the interior of the state that supports the movement of freight to and from our marine terminals. Our facilities in Dillon and Greer are important to SPCA’s overall volume growth and the significant amount of cargo that moves today by rail.”

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Newsome said rail transport of goods has increased 170 percent internationally since 2011. He said rail transport from the Port of Charleston has increased 23 percent.

Inland Port Dillon is close in proximity to I-95 and is capable of initially handling at least 45,000 containers annually. It will also offer overnight access from Port of Charleston via the CSX rail line.

The facility is expected to open in 2018.

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