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April cargo totals on lakes drop

8:17 PM, May 20, 2013  |  Comments
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U.S.-flag ships moving cargo on the Great Lakes saw a 5-percent decrease from the five-year average in April and an 11.4-percent decrease from the same month last year.

About 7.3 million tons of cargo was transported on the lakes in April, according to a monthly report from the Ohio-based Lake Carriers' Association.

The cargo total stands at 12.5 million tons for the season through April, down about 15 percent from last year.

Through April, "the largest decrease has come in iron ore; shipments are off by 1.1 million tons or 11.4 percent," the report states. "However, compared to the 5-year average for the January-April time frame, U.S.-flag cargoes are down by just 2.2 percent, and iron ore is up by 8.7 percent."

So far this year, the Port of Green Bay is reporting an 83-percent increase in cargo totals.

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