Cargo Report – April 2012 – Iron Ore From Ports – Text

April 30, 2012
April 30, 2012 LCA

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 6-Plus Percent in April

CLEVELAND—Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 6.1 million tons in April, an increase of 6.5 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings were also nearly 23 percent ahead of the month’s 5-year average.

Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.4 million tons, an increase of 6 percent compared to a year ago. That total included 435,000 tons transshipped to Quebec for final delivery overseas. Loadings at Canadians rose 9.7 percent.

Through April the iron ore trade stands at 12 million tons, an increase of roughly 11.7 percent compared to a year ago and 28.4 percent better than the 5-year average for the January-April timeframe.

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