Union County is strategically located within easy reach of several ports in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia, providing multiple avenues for the import and export of products and supplies.
Port of Wilmington
The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk and breakbulk operations. Wilmington is one of the few South Atlantic ports with readily available berths and storage areas for containers and cargo. The Port is a C-TPAT certified location and is designated as Foreign Trade Zone 66.
Port of Morehead City
One of the deepest ports on the US East Coast, the Port of Morehead City is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. The port handles both breakbulk and bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber. As a leading exporter of phosphate, the Port of Morehead City features a dry-bulk facility with a 225,000-ton capacity warehouse and other open storage is available. The Port of Morehead City continues to improve its facilities to meet customer needs. A 177,000-square foot warehouse is available to house high value commodities such as paper, steel, and lumber. This warehouse features 29-foot ceilings and easy access to ocean berths.
Port of Charleston
The nation's fourth busiest container port, handling more than $3 million in cargo every hour and offering direct service to more than 140 countries around the world. The Port of Charleston features 5 major facilities with various capabilities:
- Wando Welch: Opened in 1982, the final stage of terminal construction was recently completed in the form of a 4th container berth, 3 new post-Panamax container cranes, and nearly 90 acres of additional container storage space. At present, it is the port's largest terminal in terms of volume and physical size.
- North Charleston: A modern container handling facility complete with post-Panamax container cranes, an on-terminal container freight station, an on-terminal rail yard, and direct easy access to I-26 and I-526.
- Columbus Street: Charleston's premier combination breakbulk and container terminal. With dockside warehouses, dockside rail access, more than 3,800 feet of berth, and post-Panamax and Suez-class container cranes, Columbus Street is a true multipurpose facility. The terminal is well-suited to container, common breakbulk, bulk, rolling stock, heavy-lift, and project cargo.
- Union Pier: home to the Port of Charleston's cruise business, and also features covered warehouse space ideal for transloading cargo. The northern end of the terminal has been selected to house Charleston's new cruise terminal, which is expected to open in late 2012. Following the opening of the new cruise facility, more than 30 acres on the terminal's southern end would be redeveloped for non-maritime use as specified in the Union Pier Concept Plan.
- Veterans: A 110 acre fully secured dedicated bulk, break-bulk, RO-RO, and project cargo facility located on the Cooper River. VT can provide long term outside storage in dedicated yard space or covered sprinkler protected warehouse. Union and Non-Union stevedoring complements our determination to provide the customer with the most modern and flexible port facility in the Southeast.
Port of Savannah
The Port of Savannah specializes in the handling of container, reefer, breakbulk and RoRo cargoes. The port includes the Garden City Terminal and the Ocean Terminal. Garden City is Savannah's ultramodern, dedicated container terminal. At 1,200 acres, it is North America's largest single-terminal container facility. The 200 acre Ocean Terminal is a combination breakbulk and RoRo facility handling forest and solid wood products, steel, automotive and heavy equipment, project shipments and heavy-lift cargoes.
The Port of Virginia
The Port of Virginia (Norfolk) recognizes the critical role it plays in protecting and enhancing the supply chains of some of the world's leading employers. The movement of ocean freight should be efficient, cost-effective and reliable to importers and exporters alike. Through the consistent achievement of these measures, the Port of Virginia has been recognized as one of the world's leading maritime gateways for more than 400 years. Virginia - Gateway to the global economy; Surety for your supply chain.
- At 50-feet, we offer the deepest shipping channels on the U.S. East Coast; fully prepared to accommodate the 10,000+ TEU vessels.
- More than 30 international steamship lines service the Port today, making Virginia a true maritime hub.
- Norfolk Southern and CSX offer on-dock, double-stack intermodal service to key inland markets in the Midwest, Ohio Valley and the Southeast.
- A leader in quality and environment - The Port of Virginia maintains ISO 9001 and 14001 certification.
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