Arkansas

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Arkansas handles $4.9 billion worth of freight each year, along more than 900 miles of inland waterway. That amounts to more than 14.4 million tons of commodities being shipped to, from and within Arkansas. The states docks ship commodities by barge to 16 states and receive commodities from 17 states.

Arkansas 2005 Commodities Moved From, to and within the State

(values in millions of dollars)

Commodity Shipped Received Within Total Value
Coal 0 27,241 0 27,241 $0
Petroleum 604,256 436,746 0 1,041,002 $140
Aggregates 1,146,731 628,972 3,973,058 5,748,761 $307
Grain 3,073,981 35,789 ** 3,109,770 $755
Chemicals 6,902 634,524 ** 641,426 $190
Ores/Minerals 44,461 155,379 0 199,840 $79
Iron/Steel 409,725 2,533,347 51,960 2,995,032 $2,365
Other 130,187 515,793 22,045 668,025 $1,087
TOTAL 5,416,243 4,967,791 4,047,063 14,431,097 $4,923

** Insufficient barge operators to release this tonnage – included in “Other Commodities”

Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics

Shipments on Mississippi River Basin Waterways Only

Arkansas 2005 Commodities Shipped by Barge to and from Other States

(tonnage in thousands of tons; values in millions of dollars)

Shipments To Tons Value Top Commodity Shipments From Tons Value Top Commodity
Louisiana 4, 015 $962 Grain Louisiana 1, 782 $555 Iron/Steel
Tennessee 654 $149 Petroleum Illinois 624 $547 Iron/Steel
Illinois 143 $56 Others Kentucky 599 $624 Iron/Steel
Oklahoma 132 $88 Aggregate Texas 527 $219 Petroleum
Mississippi 122 $26 Aggregate Tennessee 507 $299 Aggregates