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Trade Tensions Fuel St. Lawrence Seaway Shipments

Traffic hit 40.9M tonnes in 2018, a 7% year-over-year increase

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The St. Lawrence Seaway saw its highest cargo numbers since 2007 last year, propelled by a spike in grain shipments and global tariff wars that worked in Canada’s favour, reports the Montreal Gazette.

Traffic hit 40.9 million tonnes in 2018, a s7% year-over-year increase, according to the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

Grain made up nearly one-third of all tonnage on the 60-year-old waterway, rising 20% from 2017.

The towering grain figures come in spite of a major backlog in grain shipments last winter, which Canada’s two main railways responded to with more grain cars, employees, tracks and rail yard expansions.

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