Table 1-12 Major Commodities Shipped on the Great Lakes, 2000

Table 1-12
Major Commodities Shipped on the Great Lakes, 2000

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  Billions ton-miles Million metric tons Average haul-miles
Coal and coke 9.6 18.4 522
Petroleum 0.6 1.7 353
Chemicals 0.05 0.1 500
Crude materials 41 79.7 514
Primary manufactured goods 1.1 3.5 314
Farm products 0.3 0.3 1,037
Total 52.6 103.7 508

SOURCE: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, Waterborne Commerce of the United States, calender year 2000, Part 5, National Summaries (Fort Belvoir, VA: February 2001)

  • Crude materials accounted for 76 percent of the total tonnage and 78 percent of the total ton-miles. Crude materials include such commodities as forest products; pulp waste; paper; soil, gravel, and stone; iron ore and scrap; sulfur, clay, and silt; and slag.