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|
|Sand, Gravel and Rock||2,288,276||2,715,325|
Total tonnage for 2018, according to WCSC was 37,281,916.