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Commerce & Statistics

Preliminary 2009 traffic statements received from the Waterborne Commerce Statics Center in New Orleans, LA show that commodity movements on the Ouachita-Black Rivers are estimated at 1,283,172 tons, down 27 percent from 1,755,214 tons, recorded in 2008.

The reduction can be attributed to exceptionally high river stages on the Ouachita-Black Rivers during 2009 and also to the general economic recession our country is experiencing.

Crude petroleum, waterway improvement materials and soybeans showed increased tonnage movement from 2008 to 2009; however all other commodity groups were considerably down. Gasoline, diesel fuel, residual fuel oil, sodium hydroxide, limestone, wheat, corn and sorghum grains significantly decreased. The tonnage moved on the Ouachita-Black system averages 1,822,800 over the last five years (2004-2008) therefore itís readily apparent that 2009 was an unusually off year for commodity movement on this system. Eighteen shippers moved commodities on the Ouachita-Black System in 2009.

 COMMODITIES

CY 2008

SHORT TONS

CY 2009

SHORT TONS

Crude Petroleum

208,364

212,122

Gasoline

328,395

274,067

Distillate Fuel Oil

267,147

190,088

Residual Fuel Oil

105,752

40,822

Nitrogenous Fertilizer

8,200

7,480

Alcohols

0

638

Ammonia

65,950

52,938

Sodium Hydroxide

169,832

105,552

Metallic Salts

0

3,997

Limestone

297,056

176,356

Sand & Gravel

51,401

17,576

Waterway Improv. Mat

6,725

46,100

Lime

11,253

11,251

Wheat

32,903

9,978

Corn

51,644

14,589

Sorghum Grains

83,959

43,123

Soybeans

63,681

76,495

Animal Feed, Prep

2,952

0

TOTAL

1,755,214

1,281,172