Published Oct. 15, 2013
South Carolina’s new inland port at Greer is testing systems for commercial cargo work to start next week, a state Ports Authority spokeswoman said. The Ports Authority has 13 employees at the rail-truck transfer station, and BMW Manufacturing is ready to use it.
“This has really been a gradual build from the testing,” Pabst said.
Rainy weather has delayed the project opening more than two months.
Pabst declined comment about inland port customers, other than to acknowledge BMW’s expansion of its export operations at a new 413,000-square-foot building adjacent to the site. BMW has said the port will “service 12,000” of its sea containers annually.
In Kingsport, Tenn., Eastman Chemical Co. spokeswoman Amanda Allman has said the company is “interested in the Greer inland port. At the current time the overall value is marginal, however we are continuing to evaluate the project.”
The Ports Authority, a self-supporting agency, predicts the inland link will take 25,000 trucks off the 200 miles of interstate between Greer and Charleston in a span of about three months.