23 November 2022
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Seaway cargo shipments are now closer to 2021 levels after a strong October

The Chamber of Marine Commerce reports that with a significant increase in grain shipments in October, monthly tonnage of this core commodity moving through the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system continues to trend upwards.

Just over 1.3 million tons of Canadian grain was shipped in October, bringing the year-to-date total to more than 5.5 million tons.

“The positive trend for grain continues to show the important role the Seaway plays in supporting exports,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. “We have also seen a significant increase in the number of vessel transits this year. It’s another indication of the vitality of marine shipping on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway system linking the Great Lakes to the rest of the world.”

Overall shipping on the seaway system has now reached 27.6 million tons, a steady improvement over the past few months.

Through October, dry bulk shipments also remain strong. Potash is up 190% over last year, salt is up 22.3% and petcoke is running 18% ahead of 2021 year-to-date totals. Shipments of petroleum products have also been robust, showing a 37% increase over 2021.

Source: Chamber of Marine Commerce

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