Orangeburg County is ideally situated near the midway point between New York City and Miami along Interstate 95. Two major interstates, I-95 and I-26, intersect in the county and can provide quick access to both national and regional markets.
The County is within 250 miles of the top metropolitan areas of the Southeast, including Atlanta, Jacksonville, Charleston, Raleigh-Durham, Knoxville, and Greenville-Spartanburg, SC. It is also within a day’s drive to more than 30 percent of the U.S. manufacturing facilities
In addition to Interstates 95 and 26, Orangeburg County is within a 45 minute drive of Interstate 77 and Interstate 20 near Columbia, S.C. U.S. Highways 301 and 601 are also located in Orangeburg County and the Port of Charleston is less than 1 hour away. The Port of Savannah is less than a two-hour drive from Orangeburg County.
Statewide, South Carolina has one of the best highway systems in the nation. While South Carolina is 40th in size nationally, it has the 5th largest state maintained road system (a total of 42,000 toll-free miles) and is crisscrossed by five strategic interstates (I-20, I-26, I-77, I-85, and I-95). The location and intersection of these interstates, combined with South Carolina’s state highways, provides efficient access to the state’s ports and over half of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan statistical areas.
One measure of the commitment and success of South Carolina’s road system is the fact that for the last four years South Carolina’s Department of Transportation has been rated either first or second by the University of North Carolina (Charlotte) as the most efficient system in the nation. A second measure of our commitment is the state’s launch of an unprecedented $5 billion investment over the next several years. This investment will more than double current road/highway construction and improvements.
Port of Charleston
Not only does Orangeburg County have an excellent highway transportation network, but it is also less than an hour from the Port of Charleston. The Port of Charleston is the busiest container port along the Southeast and Gulf coasts and ranks fourth nationwide. The Charleston Customs district ranks as the nation’s sixth largest in dollar value of international shipments, with cargo valued at $33 billion annually.
U.S Port for North Europe container trade
largest U.S port in volume at 1.68 million TEU
largest U.S port in value at $65 billion USD
of the world’s twenty carrier containers
The Port of Charleston is considered one of the nation’s most efficient and productive ports. Claiming the deepest water in the coastal region with -45 ft/-14 meters depth at mean low tide, the Port can accept Post-Panamax ships four hours a day. A harbor deepening project will increase depth to -52ft./-16 meters allowing for accommodation of the large ships 24 hours a day.
Orangeburg County residents are within a one hour drive to two commercial airports – Columbia Metropolitan Airport and Charleston International Airport. Both provide dozens of direct flights daily to many of the major metropolitan areas in the Eastern U.S.
Columbia Metropolitan Airport
The Columbia Metropolitan Airport, located only 45 minutes northwest of Orangeburg County just off Interstate 26, offers more than 100 daily flights; Direct flights include Atlanta, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Memphis, Newark, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington Dulles, and Washington National. The airport is served by Delta, Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA), US Airways Express, US Airways, United Express, COMAIR, American Eagle, Continental, Northwest, Spirit and United. Annually, the airport serves more than 1.2 million passengers and processes more than 168,000 tons of air cargo. Click here for a listing of daily flights from Columbia Metropolitan.
In 1997, the airport completed a $50 million terminal renovation program, which upgraded the facility’s function, efficiency, and appearance. The new terminal features a two-level concourse for common-use gates; a central food court within easy view of all gates; a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient and cost-effective air conditioning system; expanded airline ticket counter, baggage claim and baggage make-up areas; and a covered walk-way for pedestrians between the terminal and parking lot. New interior and exterior architectural features and finishes combine the classic images of the antebellum South with modern developments such as tinted glass and pyramid skylights. In August 1996, United Parcel Service opened an $80 million Southeastern Regional Hub at the airport. The hub offers next day, second day and third day air service. The buildings encompass 352,000 square feet and the 44-acre ramp is large enough to hold 22 DC-8 aircraft. The hub can process 42,000 packages an hour. Other major air cargo companies serving the airport include Airborne Express, Emery Worldwide and Federal Express.
Charleston International Airport
Charleston International Airport is approximately 1 hour from Orangeburg County and offers more than 100 daily arrival and departure flights. The airport is located just off Interstate 26 in North Charleston. Air Canada, Continental, Delta, Northwest, US Airways, and United Express all offer flights from the airport. Flights include non-stop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas-Forth Worth, Detroit, Houston Newark, New York-LaGuardia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, Toronto, and Washington D.C.
The Orangeburg Municipal Airport (OGB), located two miles south of the city off Highway 21, is owned and operated by the City of Orangeburg. It is the home base of a number of corporate and private aircrafts. The FBO is operated by the City of Orangeburg. A new runway, 17/35 is 5,400 feet long initially and designed for expansion to meet future needs. Located at the entrance to the terminal is a very unique feature of our airport, “The Aviation Memorial and Pilots Walk”. The Walk was designed, constructed and paid for by local pilots of the Orangeburg Pilots Association. It effectively commemorates historic events in aviation history and honors those associated with aviation. Visitors can enjoy a quiet time of contemplation as they stroll along the Walk and perhaps recognize some of the names placed there. Pilots having visited the Orangeburg Airport are eligible to become part of our walk.
Contact: Roland Hill, Manager (803) 534-5545 (803) 362-2441
- The coordinates are N33-27.71; W080-51.47. Mag var: 5°W.
- Navaids: EDS-111.4 on field; OYI-226048° 3.6
- Telephone: 803/534-5545. Fax: 803/534-5928. Hours: 8:00 am to dark; After hours pager 803/362-2441/2.
- Pattern altitudes: 1200 MSL
- Runways: 13-31 2,800 X 165, turf; trees ea end / 5-23 4,500 X 100, 17-35 5,400 X 100 asphalt; lights PCL;
- Lights: SS to SR, 122.7 (3 clicks in 3 secs., low intensity; 5 clicks in 3 sec. med intensity; 7 clicks in 3 sec, high intensity); beacon.
- Approaches: VOR, NDB. To runway 5
- Communication Frequencies: Anderson FSS-800-992-7433; Columbia APP. 124.15 UNICOM/CTAF 122.7; ASOS 118.525
- Weather contacts: ASOS 803-536-3901; 118.525
- Charts: Charlotte; L20, L27.
- Transportation: courtesy car.
- Rental cars: Alamo 534-2400.
- Restaurants: Quality Inn 1 mi 531-4600; Shoney’s 3 MI 533-1737.
- Lodging: Quality Inn 531-4600; Hampton Inn 531-6400.
- Local attractions: Edisto Memorial Gardens 1 mi.; Santee Cooper Resort Area, 20 mi.
- Notes: Right tfc ry 5 & 13.
Orangeburg County is one of the few counties in the state and the Southeastern U.S. that has access to rail lines from two different rail carriers. Both Norfolk-Southern and CSX, the two major rail companies in the Eastern U.S., operate lines through Orangeburg County. Many of Orangeburg County’s industrial sites have access to rail. For more information about the types of service offered by rail carriers in Orangeburg County, visit the CSX website or the Norfolk-Southern Railway.
New Charlotte 2-Day Rail Service Begins
Norfolk Southern began delivering a 2-day rail service between the Port of Charleston and Charlotte, NC on March 12. The new service is operating 5-days per week and connects Charleston and Charlotte using existing dedicated intermodal trains with a switch in Spartanburg, SC. traveling through Orangeburg, SC. This is a major advantage for industries in SC’s Global Logistics Triangle (I-26 US 301 I-95).
The net result is a fast, reliable, price-competitive rail option that is a significant improvement on existing rail options from Charleston and all other ports in the region.
Foreign Trade Zones
Complementing South Carolina’s world-class transportation system are three strategically located Foreign Trade Zones. These zones offer substantial cost-savings advantages for companies who import or export manufactured raw materials or products. Some of the benefits of these zones include:
- Duty is paid only when imports are shipped into Customs territory or sold – this markedly improves cash-flow
- Duties are not owed on labor, overhead, or profit attribute to production operations located in the zone
- Spare parts may be stored, returned or destroyed without paying duty
- Delays in customs clearances and duty drawback procedures can be eliminated
- No country of origin labels are required on merchandise admitted to the zone; and
- Due to security, insurance rates are lower – according to Area Development magazine, the savings may be as high as 40%.
For more information about Foreign Trade Zone located in South Carolina, visit the Port of Charleston website devoted to Foreign Trade Zones.