Iowa

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Iowa transports nearly $2 billion worth of freight along 361 miles of the inland waterways. That amounts to 12.6 million tons of commodities shipped to, from and within the states river system. Iowa docks ship cargo by barge to 14 states and received commodities from 15 other states, making the state’s rivers a significant source of regional economical growth.

Iowa 2005 Tonnage by Commodity Groups Shipped From, To and Within the State

(values in millions of dollars)

Commodity Shipped Received Within Total Value
Coal 128,226 1,731,683 ** 1,859,909 $71
Petroleum ** 128,608 128,608 $36
Aggregates 126,145 230,824 356,969 $9
Grain 6,732,355 29,266 ** 6,761,621 $1,022
Chemicals 113,495 848,425 ** 961,920 $518
Ores/Minerals 0 495,706 495,706 $51
Iron/Steel ** 136,569 136,569 $80
Other 302,656 216,105 1,405,972 1,924,733 $209
TOTAL 7,402,877 3,817,186 1,405,972 12,626,035 $1, 996

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

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

Iowa 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 6, 062 $979 Grain Illinois 1, 365 $57 Coal
Alabama 464 $71 Coal Louisiana 1, 340 $490 Chemical
Minnesota 296 $26 Others Kentucky 467 $59 Coal
Illinois 246 $45 Grain Missouri 284 $15 Others
Tennessee 99 $10 Coal Minnesota 155 $52 Petroleum

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