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Ports of Indiana shattering state’s landlocked status amid record-setting run

  • ​Almost 12 million tons of cargo passed through Indiana ports last year, the second highest total ever. This also marks the fourth year in a row that the Ports of Indiana have exceeded 10 million tons, the only time this has occurred since the organization was established in 1961.

  • Numerous cargoes come through Indiana’s ports located on Lake Michigan and the Ohio River each year. Those seeing the biggest increases in 2017 included minerals (+28.0 percent), heavy lift and project (+27.0 percent), limestone (+26.0 percent), ethanol (+14.0 percent), fertilizer (+14.0 percent) and steel (+14.0 percent).

  • While Mount Vernon currently sees the most cargo pass through its port, major expansions planned at both the Burns Harbor and Jeffersonville ports will increase capacity and promote continued growth in the coming years. Ports of Indiana is also considering to add a fourth port near Cincinnati. This would be the first new port to open in Indiana since 1985.

Source: JLL Research; Ports of Indiana​

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