Seaway Shipments Up Almost 10 Percent In October

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North American commodities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors drove an uptick in tonnage along the Great Lakes-Seaway System in October.

The St. Lawrence Seaway reported a 9.8 percent increase for total cargo shipments for the month -- 4.4 million metric tons -- compared to October 2011.

For the period March 22 to October 31, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 29.5 million metric tons, a rise of 1.4 percent over the same period in 2011.

U.S. grain, which has been consistently down this season, posted a 46 percent increase for the month of October.

Iron ore shipments through the Seaway were up 6 percent in October compared with the same time last year. Year-to-date figures for iron ore were up 20 percent.

Coal shipments for power generation and steel production totaled 378,000 metric tons in October – a decrease of 13 percent from October 2011. Year-to-date coal shipments are up 25 percent compared with last year.

U.S. grain, which has been consistently down this season, posted a 46 percent increase for the month of October.
Year-to-date U.S. grain shipments were down 31 percent.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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