The Windsor Port Authority has seen a notable increase in traffic this year as the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds.
Total shipments increased 14 percent this year compared to the same period last year, while steel shipments increased 100,000 tonnes as business recovers at local ports.
Grain shipments are down 11 percent, but the port authority expects it to pick up a bit as the local fall harvest begins. Large and dangerous goods ferry traffic has seen 33% more crossings and a 76% increase in tonnage.
Overall, at the St. Lawrence Seaway from March 22 to September 30, cargo volumes totaled 24.1 million metric tons, up 2.6% from the same period in 2020.
The total was driven by increases in cross-border trade in stone (55 percent), cement (seven percent) and gypsum (18 percent) for construction. Iron ore shipments also increased 26 percent this year.
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