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Grain exports continue to be strong with total shipments (including Canada and the U.S.) reaching 6.8 million metric tons, up 70 percent over the same period last year. U.S. grain totaled 796,000 metric tons, up 15 percent over the same period last year.
Corn shipments from Port of Toledo to Ontario and Quebec for ethanol production and animal feed, for example, increased significantly over the past two months.
The Seaway’s general cargo tonnage — including specialty steel imports as well as aluminum and oversized project cargo like machinery or wind turbines — as of September 30 had topped 1.9 million metric tons, up 73 percent. Specialty steel imports accounted for 1.7 million metric tons of that overall number.
Steel has been a hot commodity throughout the Great Lakes region, with shipments from overseas heading to ports in Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Burns Harbor, Milwaukee, Oshawa and Hamilton to be used in domestic automobile production and construction.
The Port of Green Bay has also seen a 50-percent increase in foreign exports of petroleum products such as ethanol, diesel and gasoline for the period up to August 30. The products have been traveling to Sarnia, Ontario, and the Montreal, Quebec, region.
Municipal stockpiling of road salt ahead of the coming winter has also driven shipments via the Seaway up by 32 percent this season to 1.9 million metric tons.
These areas of strength have helped to offset decreases in shipments of other commodities through the navigation system.
Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce
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