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By Bob Montgomery, Spartanburg Herald Journal
In economic terms, the South Carolina Inland Port in Greer has become the Upstate's “gateway to the world" and has exceeded all expectations since it opened just three years ago to serve its first customer, BMW. After handling 42,488 containers its first full year, the port is on track to transport 110,000 containers by next year — serving a multitude of new companies that have opened or expanded. “Having the Inland Port in Spartanburg County is as close as you can get to having Charleston’s port here,” said Spartanburg County Councilman David Britt, chairman of council's economic development committee. “It’s a gateway to the world for business and industry.” He added: “Our existing companies are using it now, and as more companies are looking to move here that will be the enticing tool in our toolbox we can offer.”
A recent report on port activity by the commercial real estate firm CBRE called the $43 million S.C. Inland Port the second-fastest growing inland port in the country, exceeded only by a port in southern California. “The Greenville area has seen its cargo volumes grow by triple-digit increases since (2013),” the report stated. “Due in part to its growing manufacturing base and the nearby Port of Charleston, (the Greenville area) has emerged as one of the fastest growing industrial markets in the U.S.”