Chamber of Marine Commerce Reports Surge of Grain Shipping in October

November 14, 2016 - North American grain and iron ore exports have kept Great Lakes-Seaway shipping on course in October, according to the latest statistics.

"US grain traffic continues to increase through the Seaway having grown 30 percent since 2014, said Raymond Johnston, President of the Chamber of Marine Commerce.

A surge of U.S. iron ore pellet exports to Japan and China is also keeping the St. Lawrence Seaway bustling in the critical months before the shipping season winds down.

Total Seaway year-to-date shipments for 2016 (March 21 through October 31) have reached nearly 25.8 million metric tons, down 5 percent over 2015, but an improvement over earlier in the season.

U.S. grain totaled 1.8 million metric tons for that period, just slightly ahead of the 2015 seasons robust performance.

For the Port of Duluth-Superior, grain shipments are up.

Grain tonnage is on track to outpace 2015 and our five-year average, said Vanta Coda, Duluth Seaway Port Authority Executive Director.

Many of those grain cargoes have been loaded onto Canadian vessels heading for Canadian ports.

"This is great news for this port, the regional economy and for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system as a whole.

Coda added, Moving grain overseas from the heartland of North America remains one of the most tangible components of our regions international trade pattern.

"Project cargo makes its way through this binational waterway, and backhauls of grain along those same trade lanes make frei....

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