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Pennsylvania Relies on Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping

Pennsylvania borders approximately 45 miles of shoreline along Lake Erie. The Port of Erie is the state's single Great Lakes port and handles nearly 600,000 tons of inbound and outbound cargo annually.

Great Lakes Seaway shipping serves western Pennsylvania by offering low-cost efficient waterborne transportation. For example, diesel-electric locomotives manufactured in Erie are loaded on ocean-going vessels for export to customers all over the world. Limestone, sand and gravel are delivered by lake vessel to Erie for use in local construction projects.

Economic Impacts (In 2018 USD)

JobsPersonal IncomeBusiness RevenueLocal PurchasesTotal Taxes Paid
757$49.5 million$63.6 million$29 million$20.5 million

Investments (In 2013 USD)

Invested in Pennsylvania port, terminal and waterway infrastructure
$11 million

Pennsylvania Port Activity

PortAnnual TonnageMajor Cargoes Handled
Erie657,000limestone, sand/gravel, salt


  • The Economic Impacts of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway Navigation System, 2011 – Martin Associates
  • The Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region, 2017 – Martin Associates
  • Infrastructure Investment Survey of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System, 2015 – Martin Associates
  • Waterborne Commerce of the United States, Part III, 2013 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • Waterborne Commerce of the United States, 2018 – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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