Iron Ore Trade Down 20.4 Percent in May

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes…

CLEVELAND – Shipments of iron ore from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 4.4 million tons in May, a decrease of 20.4 percent compared to a year ago and 21.9 percent below the month’s 5-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 9.9 million tons, a decrease of 33.9 percent compared to the same point in 2021.  Iron ore shipments were also 31.4 percent below their 5-year average for five months of the year.

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand.  More information is available at

Great Lakes Iron Ore Shipments: May 2017-2022 and 5-Year Average
Includes Transshipments to Quebec City for Shipment Overseas
(net tons)
Duluth, MN815,122881,142839,299962,891774,032630,018854,497
Superior, WI1,299,2711,486,9251,350,804867,0891,184,9721,234,4101,237,812
Two Harbors, MN1,764,6451,780,3031,947,2292,059,2211,814,7661,763,3751,873,233
Silver Bay, MN585,630604,910644,370344,327612,916231,971558,431
Marquette, MI*728,326775,550736,054411,603709,733497,662672,253
Escanaba, MI**0000000
Cleveland, OH***371,120113,015308,822180,853409,20026,776276,602
Ashtabula, OH184,616243,355174,324117,93700144,046
*Marquette = Presque Isle in previous reports
Year-To-Date 2017-2022
Duluth, MN2,112,1912,045,6732,268,2452,093,5112,244,0211,645,1872,152,728
Superior, WI2,940,5223,307,3202,976,5182,586,3203,388,0052,562,8533,039,737
Two Harbors, MN4,556,6474,245,0404,754,1144,437,4394,780,9703,753,3624,554,842
Silver Bay, MN1,486,2051,441,7061,291,3351,198,3891,445,281420,7441,372,583
Marquette, MI*1,913,8261,670,3981,838,4991,508,2212,147,5431,144,1651,815,697
Escanaba, MI**1,016,86700000203,373
Cleveland, OH***1,151,402976,126953,2651,093,256925,925366,4641,019,995
Ashtabula, OH263,132379,922372,081249,94228,5530258,726

Information based on data from knowledgeable sources.  However, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  Lake Carriers’ Association assumes no legal responsibility for the outcome of decisions or commitments made on the basis of this information.  Report represents the views of Lake Carriers’ Association and may not necessarily represent the views of its individual members.

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