CHARLESTON, S.C. — The amount of cargo that moved through the Port of Charleston in July and August fell short of projections in what the State Ports Authority is attributing to a series of storms and the annual weeklong shutdown at BMW’s manufacturing campus.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the SPA reported 203,746 cargo boxes moved through during the two-month period, a 1.1 percent increase from the same period last year, but 5.7 percent less than it had projected for this year.

SPA President Jim Newsome says the authority struggled with accurately predicting how BMW’s annual shutdown of its Greer plant in July impacts cargo. The German automaker is one of the port’s largest customers.

He also said several ships delayed their visits because of hurricanes and other weather problems.

Information from: The Post and Courier,

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