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August 17, 2017

Great Lakes freight volume down slightly in July

The Lake Carriers' Association reports that freighters moved 9.7 million tons of cargo on the Great Lakes in July, a decrease of 1.5 percent compared to a year ago. July's shipments also trailed the month's long-term average by 8.4 percent.

The Association says iron ore cargos for steelmaking totaled 5 million tons, an increase of 8.7 percent compared to a year ago.

Coal loadings slipped 16.7 percent to 1.4 million tons. Limestone cargos hauled in U.S. bottoms totaled 2.8 million tons, a decrease of 2.6 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-over-year iron ore shipments have increased 6.3 percent to 22.9 million tons. Coal cargos have dipped 2.4 percent to 6 million tons. The 9.3 million tons of aggregate, fluxstone and scrubber stone shipped represent a decrease of 10.2 percent.

Source: Lake Carriers' Association