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Illinois River Tonnage: 10 Year Average

Illinois River Tonnage: 10 Year Average

Tonnage data has been compiled for the fiscal year 2018 from data acquired by the Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (WCSC). A 10-year average of the 2018 Illinois River tonnage is now available from 2009-2018.

In reviewing the commodity data prepared by Dede Smith of Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, here are some of the highlights:

  • Grains (wheat, corn, rice, sorghum, soybean and oilseed) represent 31% of total tonnage in 2018 at 11.5 million tons. This is slightly lower than 2017 by 469,341 tons.
  • Petroleum was slightly higher in 2018 than in 2017 by 224,089 tons. Petroleum represents 15% of total tonnage in 2018.
  • Wood products’ tonnage was higher in 2018 at just under 2 million tons (with an 800,000 difference than 2017).
Commodity 2018 Tonnage 2017 Tonnage
Coke 1,190,947 1,203,722
Petroleum 5,574,068 4,349,979
Fertilizer 1,901,870 2,059,876
Other Chemicals 4,711,063 4,536,427
Wood Products 1,947,145 1,179,880
Sand, Gravel and Rock 2,288,276 2,715,325
Iron/Steel 2,164,288 1,366,447
Other Metals 3,158,405 3,914,000
All Grains 11,558,145 12,027,486
Food/Farm Products 2,766,318 3,325,483
Machinery 21,391 94,466

 

Total tonnage for 2018, according to WCSC was 37,281,916.

You can access the full 10-year average data here.