Cargo business at Windsor’s ports is already up substantially this year with a few weeks to go, according to figures released on Thursday.
Volumes at the port to the end of November are up 10 per cent.
The biggest movers this year have been salt, general cargo and Ontario grain, but the port has seen increases in all types of cargo, said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.
“Everything’s up and that’s a reflection of the buoyant Windsor economy,” he said.
“Many of the materials moving through the port are destined for local construction and manufacturing.”
For a second straight year, grain is up “significantly” with huge volumes of canola, soybeans and other grains coming into the ADM terminal to be processed for domestic food, plus export overseas, Cree said.
“We’re also expecting a fair amount of stone to come in December for some additional work scheduled on the truck plaza for the Gordie Howe International Bridge,” he said.
Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are expected to finish ahead of 2016 with a total cargo tonnage from March 20 to Nov. 30 reaching 33.6 million metric tons — up 8.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.
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