Our Port

Charleston's Port is a catalyst for economic success in South Carolina. Maritime commerce here generates 260,800 jobs statewide, accounting for almost 11-percent of all South Carolina jobs (2.4 million jobs). Our port pumps more than $45 billion a year into the region's economy from salaries, materials purchased, fuel sales, manufacturing jobs support, building trades and logistics. And while 24 states utilize our port to reach international markets, some 45-percent of port tonnage and a full one-third of containers are related to South Carolina businesses and manufacturing.

Charleston's Port is also a national and global leader for port efficiency and operations. Our port ranks among the busiest in cargo volume along the southeast and gulf coasts, serving some 150 nations. Maintaining a competitive edge is key to our port's future. Charleston terminals are closer to the open sea than many ports and a short shipping lane, combined with one of the world's most efficient longshore operations, means ships spend minimal time in port. A harbor deepening project is currently underway to take mean tide depths past 45-feet to 52-feet to accommodate newer, larger container ships with deeper drafts. Ongoing dredge maintenance is essential for our port to remain competitive and relevant in today's economy.


Additional Resources

Stand For Harbor Deepening Letter Lt. Col. John T. Litz


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Regional Issues


Competition makes us faster.
Collaboration makes us better.

Improved Infrastructure

If we are to move forward, we must be able to MOVE.

Quality Job Growth

Local jobs are created by our city's healthy rhythm.

Our Port

South Carolina's economic engine would not exist without the Port of Charleston.


Education is the heart of our community.

Responsible Government

Collaborating, helpful local government.

Clean Energy

Clean energy is shaping the way we think about our region...and the way the world thinks about us.

Density vs. Sprawl

Cities are solutions.

Our Military

Patriotism begins at home.

Our Land and Water

"Conservation is the state of harmony between men and land."

Our Tourism

A world class destination...and we call her "home."

Public Transit

New thinking needed for public transit.

Workforce Housing

Live, Work, Play should be available to everyone.