WASHINGTON, D.C. – North American commodities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors helped increase the tonnage shipped through the Great Lakes-Seaway System.
The St. Lawrence Seaway reported a 9.8 percent increase in cargo in October – 4.4 million metric tons – compared to one year earlier.
“In the general cargoes category, shipments through the Seaway of iron, steel slabs, project cargoes and domestic general cargoes jumped 9 percent over last year,” said Rebecca Spruill, director, trade development for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
Iron ore shipments were up 6 percent in October to 819,000 metric tons compared to one year ago. Coal shipments for power generation and steel production were 378,000 metric tons, down 13 percent from last year, although the year-to-date total was up 25 percent from 2011.
U.S. grain was up 46 percent in October, although for the year, grain shipments were down 31 percent to 865,000 metric tons.