Even because the nation’s industrial actual property market confirmed indicators of cooling towards the top of 2022, the Charleston area remained a vivid spot, in accordance with a brand new report.
Cushman & Wakefield discovered the tricounty space was amongst a dozen nationwide the place the industrial emptiness fee stayed beneath 2 %. Record cargo volumes shifting via the Port of Charleston drove unprecedented warehouse progress, with practically 16 million sq. toes of area both opening or breaking floor throughout 2022.
The development could not sustain with demand, nevertheless, and competing port metropolis Savannah was the one different Southeast market to notch a decrease emptiness fee by yr’s finish.
The Charleston area was one in every of simply 4 locations — Phoenix, Miami and southern California’s Inland Empire have been the others — the place year-over-year rental charges climbed by 40 % or extra.
“Coastal and port/population-proximate markets continued to be priced at a premium over the remainder of the nation,” the business actual estates agency’s report said.
As a complete, the U.S. industrial market completed 2022 with its second-highest complete for total web absorption with companies occupying 477.3 million sq. toes. That’s lower than the document 561.4 million sq. toes recorded in 2021. As the yr drew to an in depth, although, slowing demand and financial headwinds led to a 9.4 % drop in web occupancy from the third quarter to the fourth quarter. New leases for industrial area throughout that interval fell by 28.2 %.
“Still, this marked the ninth straight quarter through which absorption surpassed the 100 million-square-foot mark and signifies that demand for industrial area stays robust going into the brand new yr,” Cushman & Wakefield mentioned.
In a separate report, San Francisco-based developer Prologis, the world’s largest builder of logistics properties, mentioned it stays bullish on industrial warehouse demand regardless of the late-year slowdown.
“The backside line is that situations stay wholesome, and there’s little we see throughout our outcomes or proprietary metrics that time to a significant slowdown,” Tim Arndt, the developer’s chief monetary officer, mentioned throughout a Jan. 18 earnings name, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Middle East connection
A second container ship service linking the Port of Charleston with the Jeddah Islamic Port in Saudi Arabia began this month, bringing cargo from the busy Middle East seaport to the North Charleston Terminal.
The Indamex 2 service, or IN2, is being operated by container traces Hapag-Lloyd and CMA CGM. It will embody stops at Port Qasim in Pakistan in addition to ports in India. In addition to Charleston, the vessels will make U.S. East Coast stops in Savannah and Norfolk, Va.
Saudi Arabia’s port on the Red Sea “will acquire entry to main commerce gateways throughout the Indian subcontinent and North America,” the container traces mentioned in a joint assertion. The commerce hyperlink is a key a part of Saudi Arabia’s “ambition in positioning Jeddah as a significant east-west hub and strengthening its international maritime connectivity,” they mentioned.
The first crusing on the brand new service left Jeddah on Jan. 11 and is scheduled to be in Charleston on Feb. 1. The service will use smaller vessels carrying between 4,600 and seven,000 20-foot containers.
The service joins the Indamex route which makes use of bigger vessels calling on the Wando Welch Terminal in Mount Pleasant.
In the final yr, Saudi’s ports have added 9 transport companies in a bid to spice up the nation’s rating among the many international maritime and logistics industries. Jeddah Islamic accounts for about three-fourths of the nation’s seaborne commerce and transshipment volumes.
Big Boeing deal
The U.S. Export-Import Bank is contemplating a $100 million credit score deal that can assist Turkish Airlines purchase 787 Dreamliner jets constructed at Boeing Co.‘s meeting plant North Charleston.
The company, also known as the Bank of Boeing as a result of it offers credit score to international airways trying to purchase the producer’s planes, mentioned in a regulatory submitting that it’ll decide on the deal after a remark interval ends on Feb. 6. The provider plans to make use of the jets on passenger and freight routes between Turkey and Africa, America, Europe and Asia, the submitting states.
Turkish Airlines — which has 9 787-9s on order — has expressed frustration with sluggish deliveries of the widebody airplane, the results of provide chain constraints and a 15-month pause in deliveries when minor manufacturing flaws have been found. Boeing resumed deliveries in August, however they are not coming quick sufficient for Ahmet Bolat, chairman of the provider, which has 16 Dash 9 Dreamliners in its fleet.
“I’m planning to open new routes, however lacking widebodies,” Bolat instructed Aviation Week. “If I can discover them proper now, we might simply purchase 20 extra next-generation widebody plane … prepared to return in 2023.”
With the Dreamliner unavailable, Turkish Airlines has turned to Airbus. The provider final yr purchased six A350 widebodies constructed by the French planemaker.
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