Container business at the Port of Charleston continues to grow

The Port of Charleston could handle more than 1 million shipping containers this year.

Citing broad-based demand, the State Ports Authority said Wednesday that its core container-handling business increased 11 percent in April compared to the same period last year.

The maritime agency’s Charleston-area terminals handled 96,166 boxes of imported and exported goods for the month. Business is up 15 percent since the SPA’s fiscal year began July 1 to nearly 900,000 containers.

“The volumes announced today reflect significant growth across all business segments,” John Hassell, vice chairman, said in a statement. “Spring is typically a busy season for us, particularly on the containerized cargo side, and our sustained double-digit volume growth reflects the strong import-export markets we serve.”

The SPA board met in Charleston on Wednesday.

The Port of Charleston owner and operator has projected it will handle more than 1 million containers before the fiscal year ends June 30.

CEO Jim Newsome was traveling and did not attend the board meeting.