Steel imports boost freight shipments 8.37% in June

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Driven by steel imports from Europe, general cargo shipped through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence extends 3,700 kilometers. The St. Lawrence Seaway network grew 61.46% last month, according to figures released Tuesday.

In a statement, the Chamber of Maritime Commerce said steel imports are fueling manufacturing and construction activities in cities across the United States and Ontario.

The chamber is a binational association that represents more than 130 stakeholders in the maritime industry on both sides of the border and internationally.

He said dry bulk shipments had increased 16% due to strong demand in the Great Lakes region for building materials, including cement and gypsum.

Synthetic gypsum is one of the products shipped to Snider Dock Services at Port Colborne on the east wall of the Welland Canal. The equipment leaves the Port of Monroe, in Monroe, Michigan, at the western end of Lake Erie.

Figures released by St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. show that iron ore shipments increased 14.16% compared to the same period last year.

“Canadian ship operators move healthy volumes of iron ore pellets from the American ports of Lake Superior to the port of Quebec, where they are transhipped overseas to Asia and Europe,” the chamber said in a statement. communicated.

The increases helped push the total volume of goods shipped 8.37% – nearly a million tonnes more than the same period in 2020 – through the end of June.

“It is clear from our freight figures that commodities have been in high demand both at home and abroad and our system is well positioned to meet that demand and to continue to support economic growth in North America, ”said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the Seaway. in the output.

House President and CEO Bruce Burrows said it was good to review the activity of the marine industry.

Coal shipments declined 0.43%, while liquid bulk declined 9.66%.

Grain shipped through the system was down 5.18 percent.

“Canadian grain shipments declined slightly, but this performance is still above the five-year average. The big question mark will be how the new crops will fare this summer given the current hot and dry conditions, ”said Bowles.

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