St. Lawrence Seaway grain shipments up sharply

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation says grain shipments via the Seaway up 38 per cent this season.

Combined U.S. and Canadian shipments from March 25 to June 30 totaled 2.7 million tonnes, a 50 per cent increase over the same period last year.

In a release, the Bureau of Maritime Commerce says grain traders are using the Port of Thunder Bay and the Great Lakes-Seaway System to export a backlog of Prairie grain that built up through the winter. Likewise, Ontario farmers are taking advantage of expanded facilities at the Port of Hamilton to ship canola, corn, soybeans and wheat to mainly international markets.

The Port of Thunder Bay had its busiest June in 17 years as both domestic and ocean carriers loaded over 965,000 tonnes of grain. Grain shipments at the Port of Hamilton have also soared, with more than 380,000 tonnes transiting the port since the opening of the season.

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