Lakes iron ore trade more than doubles in March

(CLEVELAND) – Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes totaled 1.3 million tons in March, more than double the volume of a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). Loadings also topped the month’s five-year average by 10.6 percent.

Year to date, the iron ore trade stands at 3.7 million tons, an increase of 53.5 percent compared to 2022. Iron ore shipments are 17.4 percent above their five-year average for the first three months of the year.

Great Lakes iron ore shipments  (net tons)

LCA/Tom Rayburn photo
By Rich Miller