CARGO DECLINES AT ILLINOIS PORT AT CHICAGO

CARGO DECLINES AT ILLINOIS PORT AT CHICAGO

Volume at the Illinois International Port at Chicago is down slightly - 0.004 percent lower in the first half of the year compared with the same period of 1994.

Volume moving through the port stood at 1,284,030 metric tons, a drop of 5,210 tons from the first-half volume of 1,289,240 in 1994.The drop was attributed to a substantial decline in inbound shipments of steel slab. Slab imports fell 14.9 percent in the first half to 592,827 tons through June 30.

"Domestic mills have cut back quite sharply in their use of foreign slabs," said John Gavin, a spokesperson for the port.

The biggest gain came in dry-bulk shipments - mostly grain. Dry-bulk volume rose 59,470 tons to 440,243 tons. Grain made up 257,284 tons of that total.

Liquid-bulk shipments through the port, mostly petrochemicals and petroleum, also rose substantially in the first half. Liquid-bulk volume stood at 253,026 tons, an increase of 27,217 tons.