Lakes Coal Trade Improves in June (7/24)


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The Laker Carriers’ Association issued the following news release on July 23:


Great Lakes Coal Trade Up 7.2 Percent in June


CLEVELAND – Shipments of coal on the Great Lakes totaled 2.8 million tons in June, an increase of 9.2 percent over May, and an increase of 7.2 percent compared to a year ago. 


Shipments from Lake Superior ports totaled 1.8 million tons, an increase of nearly 20 percent compared to a year ago. Included in that total were 93,000 tons loaded in Superior, Wisconsin, and transshipped to Québec City for loading into oceangoing colliers. Exports to Europe from Superior total 630,000 tons through June.


Loadings in Chicago totaled 250,000 tons, a decrease of nearly 40 percent compared to a year ago.


Shipments from Lake Erie ports totaled 800,000 tons, an increase of 9 percent compared to a year ago.


Year-to-date the Lakes coal trade stands at 8.2 million tons, a decrease of 7.3 percent compared to a year ago.


Lake Carriers’ Association represents 17 American companies that operate 57 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carry the raw materials that drive the nation’s economy: iron ore and fluxstone for the steel industry, aggregate and cement for the construction industry, coal for power generation, as well as salt, sand and grain. Collectively, these vessels can transport more than 115 million tons of cargo per year. Those cargos support more than 103,000 jobs with an average wage of $47,000.  More information is available at




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