Great Lakes Regional Economic Impact
The Great Lakes-Seaway System is a vital transportation link for North America’s agricultural and industrial heartland.
Roughly 100 million people live and work in the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces that border the System. The region accounts for 55 percent of North America’s manufacturing activity and about 50 percent of all North American retail sales. For this reason, Great Lakes shipping is able to effectively have a positive economic impact on North American commerce.