Great Lakes/Seaway iron ore trade up in June and July

Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.4 million tons in July, an increase of 14.7 percent compared to a year ago. In June, shipments totaled 6.7 million tons, an increase of 16 percent compared to a year ago.

Shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 6 million tons in July, an increase of 21.7 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway totaled 391,000 tons, a drop of nearly 40 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 30.1 million tons, an increase of 12.4 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Year-over-year, loadings at U.S. ports total 27.5 million tons, an increase of 14.3 percent. Shipments from Canadian ports in the St. Lawrence Seaway total 2.65 million tons, a decrease of 4 percent.

Maritime Editorial