Great Lakes iron ore trade up 10 percent in September

(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of iron ore from U.S. ports on the Great Lakes totaled 5.6 million tons in September, an increase of 10.1 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments were also above the month’s five-year average by 7.4 percent, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA).

Year to date, the iron ore trade stands at 36.7 million tons, an increase of 25.6 percent compared to the same point in 2022.

Through September, iron ore loadings are 6.6 percent above their five-year average for the first three quarters of the year.

Since 1880, the LCA has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargoes 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

By Professional Mariner Staff