Illinois

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Illinois transports $15.8 billion worth of freight each year, along more than 1,000 miles of inland waterway, and ships over 110 million tons of cargo and commodities to, from and within the state. With Illinois docks shipping commodities by barge to 19 states and receiving commodities from 19 states, the state’s waterways are a significant source of regional economical growth.

Illinois 2005 Tonnage by Commodity Groups Shipped To, From and Within the State (values in millions of dollars)
Commodity Shipped Received Within Total Value
Coal 38,043,752 587,988 4,879,395 43,511,135 $1,666
Petroleum 4,324,429 2,795,773 2,331,396 9,451,598 $1,505
Aggregates 4,053,477 620,867 6,950,334 11,624,678 $438
Grain 26,499,581 379,496 192,371 27,071,448 $4,097
Chemicals 829,566 4,632,916 230,596 5,693,078 $2,301
Ores/Minerals 56,764 1,590,410 0 1,647,174 $302
Iron/Steel 1,755,332 4,064,176 98,601 5,918,109 $3,928
Other 1,940,800 3,169,495 161,485 5,271,780 $1,596
TOTAL 77,503,701 17,841,121 14,844,178 110,189,000 $15,833

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

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

Illinois 2005 Commodities Shipped by Barge to and from Other States

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

Shipments To Ktons Value Top Commodity Shipments From Ktons Value Top Commodity
Louisiana 38,568 $4,750 Grain Louisiana 11,229 $3,636 Chemicals
Indiana 12,609 $552 Coal Texas 1,420 $371 Chemical
Tennessee 8,219 $855 Coal Indiana 1,236 $831 Iron/Steel
Kentucky 4,323 $476 Coal Missouri 1,005 $158 Others
Ohio 2,532 $236 Coal Tennessee 482 $284 Petroleum

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