Iron Ore

Iron ore is the primary ingredient in steel production, which is used to make automobiles, ships, beams, etc.

U.S.-Flag Dry-Bulk Cargo Carriage on the Great Lakes (net tons)

Iron Ore 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Average 2014-2018
Direct Shipments 4,997,500 3,702,938 4,345,936 4,036,094 4,677,025 4,527,431 4,351,899
Transshipments 427,561 206,653 331,618 432,707 500,865 252,866 379,881
Total 5,425,061 3,909,591 4,677,554 4,468,801 5,177,890 4,780,297 4,731,779

Year-to-Date 2014-2019 and Long-term Average (net tons)

Iron Ore 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Average 2014-2018
Direct Shipments 41,924,590 37,397,501 41,094,539 41,924,553 41,711,804 46,004,805 40,810,597
Transshipments 3,699,617 3,467,452 2,980,293 4,064,262 4,092,629 3,678,669 3,660,851
Total 45,624,207 40,864,953 44,074,832 45,988,815 45,804,433 49,683,474 44,471,448

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