Cargo Reports – September 2023 – Iron Ore from Ports – Text & Tabular

October 10, 2023
October 10, 2023 LCA

Great Lakes Iron Ore Trade Up 10.1 Percent in September

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore from U.S. ports on the Great Lakes totaled 5.6 million tons in September, an increase of 10.1 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments were also above the month’s 5-year average by 7.4 percent.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 36.7 million tons, an increase of 25.6 percent compared to the same point in 2022.

Through September iron ore loadings are 6.6 percent above their 5-year average for the first three quarters of the year.

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand.  More information is available at

Information based on data from knowledgeable sources.  However, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  Lake Carriers’ Association assumes no legal responsibility for the outcome of decisions or commitments made on the basis of this information.  Report represents the views of Lake Carriers’ Association and may not necessarily represent the views of its individual members.


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