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Customer Advisories 2018

Seaway Tolls to Increase by 1.0% in 2018

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced a toll rate increase of 1.0% for the 2018 navigation season.

The New Business Incentive and the Gateway Incentive programs will continue for the 2018 navigation season and serve as examples of the SLSMC striving to keep costs down to encourage business development.  Bruce Hodgson, Director of Market Development for the SLSMC noted that, “over the past ten years, $36.3 million in new business has been generated as part of ongoing efforts to diversify our commodity base”.  The incentive programs have been an integral component in attracting business into the Great Lakes/Seaway System.  “The recently introduced Gateway Incentive provides a stimulus for shippers to save by switching the movement of their cargo to the Great Lakes”, explained Bruce.

“We have consistently kept toll increases below CPI, while continuing to invest and reduce costs”, said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC.  “This is critical to providing a reliable and competitive gateway for our customers, and we will continue to address these areas on an ongoing basis”, he added.

The new revised tariff is now available on the Seaway website. Information on the revised tariff and the toll incentive programs can be found by clicking here.

The Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system supports over 227,000 jobs and $35 billion in annual economic activity.  The SLSMC remains dedicated to promoting economic and environmental benefits of marine transportation, attracting new cargoes to the Seaway, and leveraging technology to enhance the system’s performance.


January 15, 2018