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Gov. Haley in town to tour new inland port

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From a distance, Gov. Haley tours the SC Inland Port. (Oct. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina) From a distance, Gov. Haley tours the SC Inland Port. (Oct. 23, 2013/FOX Carolina)
While operational, the inland port is still under construction. (Oct. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina) While operational, the inland port is still under construction. (Oct. 14, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREER, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Less than a year after construction began, the inland port in Greer is operational.

The South Carolina State Ports Authority broke ground on the inland port back in March and the facility has now been operational for about a week.

The port's creation will serve 100 million consumers within 500 miles of Greer as cargo is transported to-and-from Charleston to the Upstate via the rail system for distribution elsewhere.

The port is located next to the BMW plant, which will use the location to help export its vehicles made in the Upstate.

The port is part of a $1.3 billion expansion plan for the ports authority and once all of the construction is completed, it will help make transit more efficient across the state, especially along the Interstate 85 and 26 corridors.

Up to 40,000 containers are expected to be transported through the port annually.

Gov. Nikki Haley along with CEO of the South Carolina Ports Authority Jim Newsome and other leaders toured the port's progress Wednesday morning.

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