Mid-Season Tonnage Trends

Cargo tonnage as of the end of August shows the Port on-par with the same period in 2016. Commodities like salt, grain and fertilizer are all showing strong results at the mid-point in the 2017 shipping season.

While it is a major export hub for Ontario-grown grain, the Port of Hamilton is also one of the most important entry points for crop inputs used on Ontario farms, including fertilizers like urea ammonium nitrate (UAN). Lower fertilizer prices are driving increased import volumes this year, with tonnages through the Port of Hamilton trending 17 per cent higher compared to 2016. 

Steel-related commodities meanwhile, continue to trend lower than average due to the ongoing restructuring at steelmaker Stelco.

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