More cargo is flowing through Port of Charleston.

The State Ports Authority reported today that its Charleston area terminals handled more cargo in the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The state maritime agency reported that its Charleston area terminals handled the equivalent of about 1.68 million 20-foot-long containers over that period, up 8 percent from the previous period.

The container growth was 2 percent more than the goal set by agency's board of directors at the start of the fiscal year, officials said.

The SPA's terminals also handled 763,230 pier tons of non-containerized cargo during the last fiscal year, an increase of 3.6 percent over plan.

Jim Newsome, the State Ports Authority's chief executive, said in a written statement that the fiscal year's results were a "testament to strong performance in our major business segments,"

"The implementation of our strategic plan is paying off, and the large capital investments committed to port infrastructure by the state of South Carolina and Ports Authority are yielding great dividends," Newsome said. "Significant capital investment by major port users has also positively impacted volumes."

The SPA is in the midst of an aggressive billion-dollar capital spending program that includes the construction of a new shipping terminal in North Charleston and improvements at existing terminals over the next decade.

Last year, the SPA officially opened its so-called inland port in Greer. The nearly $50 million terminal allows for cargo containers to be transferred between trucks and Norfolk Southern trains running to and from Charleston.