Mississippi

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Mississippi transports $4.6 billion worth of freight over 412 miles of inland waterways each year. That amounts to over 21 million tons of cargo and commodities essentials to the state and regional economy. Additionally, Mississippi docks ship commodities to and receive goods from 20 other states and many foreign countries, making the state’s waterways one of the region’s most significant economic drivers.

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

(values in millions of dollars)

Commodity Shipped Received Within Total Value
Coal ** 949,215 ** 949,215 $36
Petroleum 7,360,264 3,731,925 352,690 11,444,879 $1,600
Aggregates 95,529 2,035,700 ** 2,131,229 $144
Grain 1,977,304 132,345 ** 2,109,649 $467
Chemicals 1,310,988 1,081,182 30,477 2,422,647 $1,395
Ores/Minerals 40,380 225,512 14,302 265,892 $40
Iron/Steel 256,311 235,576 ** 491,887 $505
Other 1,208,516 544,718 186,963 1,940,197 $418
TOTAL 12,249,292 8,936,173 570,130 21,755,595 $4,605

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

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

2005 Mississippi Waterborne Commerce Shipped to and from Other States and Countries

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

Shipments To Tons Value Top Commodity Shipments From Tons Value Top Commodity
Florida 4,985 $726 Petroleum Louisiana 3,935 $710 Petroleum
Louisiana 3,546 $687 Grain Alabama 1,368 $275 Coal
Texas 1,070 $403 Petroleum Kentucky 1,184 $125 Aggregates
Alabama 877 $205 Petroleum Texas 755 $129 Petroleum
Kentucky 700 $127 Petroleum Missouri 721 $46 Others

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