CHARLESTON, S.C. - Despite losing more than two months of work to rain, officials say South Carolina’s new inland port near Greer should be operational next month.

State Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome told the authority board that data tests will begin Friday with the computers that will be used to track shipments through the $25 million facility.

Newsome told the board work on the project, which will provide a direct rail link to the state’s ports on the coast, was slowed a bit because of 72 days of rain this year. He says the port will pay dividends for the state in the years to come.

The board also learned Tuesday that container volume through the ports was up 4 percent during July and August compared to last year.