New York

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New York Relies on Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping

The state of New York’s Great Lakes shoreline encompasses 577 miles along Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, the Niagara River and the St. Lawrence River. The state’s four Great Lakes ports handle more than 2.3 million tons of inbound and outbound cargo annually.

Upstate communities depend upon Great Lakes shipping to facilitate commerce and to serve as a foundation for economic growth. For example, municipalities rely on lake vessels to deliver salt for winter road maintenance. Cement, sand, aggregate and other construction materials are transported to upstate ports for distribution to local suppliers. Large components manufactured in Germany have been shipped through upstate ports to wind energy projects in New York and Ohio. Aluminum produced in Quebec is shipped to the Port of Oswego for local processing and eventual use in automobile manufacturing.

Economic Impacts (In 2018 USD)

JobsPersonal IncomeBusiness RevenueLocal PurchasesTotal Taxes Paid
1,349$107.6 million$78.3 million$17.2 million$41.9 million

Investments (In 2013 USD)

Invested in New York port, terminal and waterway infrastructure
$181 million

New York Port Activity

PortAnnual TonnageMajor Cargoes Handled
Buffalo1,581,000Limestone, sand, gravel, cement, salt
Ogdensburg152,000Manufactured goods, general cargo
Oswego536,000Cement, grain, aluminum, general cargo

(Source: Waterborne Commerce of the United States, Part III, USACE, CY 2013)

Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, Martin Associates (July 2018)
Infrastructure Investment Survey of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System, Martin Associates (January 2015)

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