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Grain and potash drive activity at Thunder Bay's port

Western Canada fills the global supply gap with increased potash shipments
(Michael Hull photo)

The fall grain haul on the Great Lakes and the Port of Thunder Bay is underway.

The port authority said in a news release that grain elevators in the western Lake Superior port city handled 840,000 tonnes of wheat, canola, and other grains during the month of October. 

This is a 33 per cent increase from September and is up 8 per cent over October 2021.

Last year’s grain harvest was negatively impacted by drought and heat on the Prairies, the port authority said. The 2022 Western Canadian grain harvest, estimated at 93.5 million tonnes, is said to be the third largest on record.

Potash shipments this year is way up from 2021.

As of October 31, more than 1 million tonnes of the fertilizer product have transited the port, the most in more than 30 years.

The port authority said global supplies of potash have been strained by sanctions on product from Russia and Belarus, which comprise 32 per cent of global production capacity.