Economic Impact

Annually about 160 million tons of cargo, valued at $15 billion, moves on the Great Lakes in commercial ships. The U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet moves between 80 and 90 million tons of those cargoes carrying up to 70,000 tons each trip.

  • 147,464 U.S. jobs with $10.5 billion in salaries
  • $4.6 billion local, state and federal taxes
  • $28 billion regional business revenue
  • $35 billion Great Lakes economic impact

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