Main Economic Impacts
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Investment in Growth
More than $7 billion is being spent on ports, locks and vessel infrastructure to make the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence navigation system safer, more efficient and environmentally advanced.
North American farmers, steel producers, construction firms, food manufacturers, power generators and Canadian households depend on the 230 million metric tons of raw materials and finished goods that are delivered by Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ships every year. This cargo is valued at over CDN$100.5 billion.
Annual Transportation Savings
Marine transportation on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence System provides $3.6 billion (USD) in annual transportation cost savings compared to the next least expensive all-land transportation alternative. This enhances the global competitiveness of North American products and industries and keeps the cost of consumer goods down.
Supporting North American Industries
As the world’s largest steel and mining company, ArcelorMittal depends on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway to ship raw materials to its operations for products ultimately destined for North American markets. Find out more >