PITTSBURGH Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 5.8 million tonnes in August, down 10 percent from the previous month and 9 percent from the same month last year, according to the Lake Carriers Association.
Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 5.1 million tons last month, down 6 percent from a year earlier. The August total included 447,000 tons shipped to Quebec City for loading into oceangoing vessels, putting the year-to-date export total at 1.99 million tons.
Shipments from Canadian ports totaled 728,000 tons in August, down 24 percent from a year ago.
Great Lakes iron ore trade has totaled 35.4 million tons so far this year, down 8 percent from the first eight months of last year, the association said.