Located in South Carolina, Charleston port is spread over three municipalities - North Charleston, Charleston, and Mount Pleasant. It is owned and operated by South Carolina Ports Authority and is equipped to handle motor vehicles, non-containerized cargo, project cargo, containers, and rolling stock. It also has facilities to support cruise ship operations.
Known to be one of the most efficient ports, globally, Charleston port operates 6 terminals which cater to different types of cargo. It was ranked 6th among all ports in the United States based on the value of its import-export trade. As of 2017, the port has been upgraded and made ready to service the world’s largest ship - the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, with carrying capacity of 14,414 TEUs.
The land on which the port is located, was initially a small area which was inhabited by the Cusabo family of tribes. The development of the port began in 1682 after the establishment of Charles Towne along the banks of the Ashley River. By the early 19th Century, the Port of Charleston was home to the biggest and richest Jewish community in North America.
The port is well-known for its import and export activities in materials such as auto parts, fabrics and cargoes. It is also well connected with important international trade routes, with 13 of the 15 major container lines providing services at the port.