WASHINGTON, D.C. – The St. Lawrence Seaway reported a 6.78 percent increase for total cargo shipments in August, compared to one year ago. Cargo totaled 4.3 million metric tons.
For the shipping season thus far, shipments were 21.3 million metric tons, up 1.5 percent from 2011.
“With four months remaining in the 2012 navigation season for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System, tonnage figures for the month of August remain on the positive side,” said Rebecca Spruill, director of trade development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
“The uptick in total cargo transported in August emphasized the strength of shipments of traditional commodities like iron ore and coal, and was a sound indication of the value of the Seaway System for North American exports to Europe and China.”