Minnesota

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Minnesota handles $1.9 billion worth of freight each year, along more than 234 miles of inland waterway.  That amounts to more than 11.2 million tons of commodities being shipped to, from and within Minnesota.  The states docks ship commodities by barge to 16 states and receive commodities from 16 states.

Minnesota 2005 Commodities Moved From, to and within the State

(values in millions of dollars)

Commodity Shipped Received Within Total Value
Coal 126,402 293,929 0 420,331 $23
Petroleum 460,172 45,454 0 505,626 $141
Aggregates 0 62,290 ** 62,290 $4
Grain 4,519,205 36,639 ** 4,555,844 $572
Chemicals 148,430 1,190,454 0 1,338,884 $673
Ores/Minerals ** 858,284 0 858,284 $67
Iron/Steel 188,990 109,385 0 298,375 $205
Other 41,441 814,943 2,291,083 3,147,467 $234
TOTAL 5,484,640 3,411,378 2,291,083 11,187,101 $1,919

** 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

Minnesota 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, 053 $529 Grain Louisiana 2,444 $784 Chemicals
Tennessee 339 $97 Grain Iowa 296 $26 Others
Alabama 268 $54 Grain Illinois 260 $33 Coal
Illinois 192 $54 Petroleum Indiana 100 $11 Others
Wisconsin 183 $28 Coal Kentucky 87 $4 Coal