More than 645,200 metric tonnes of cargo were transhipped in 2019 at the port located in La Baie, an increase of more than 276,000 tonnes compared to the previous year.
The demand for de-icing salt, the main product transhipped at the port, is the source of this increase. More than 372,000 tonnes of de-icing salt passed through the facilities in 2019, according to the last annual report of the Port of Saguenay released on Monday, compared to more than 87,300 tonnes the previous year.
Most of the de-icing salt received comes from Egypt, followed by Chile and the Magdalen Islands. Salt shipments were directed to the United States.
There has been significant demand, particularly from the Great Lakes side. "The reserves had fallen to the ground in the year before, because there had been a big winter, so they brought in salt in anticipation of the winter," explained Carl Laberge, general manager of the Port of Saguenay, during a telephone interview with Le Quotidien.
The salt received at the port of Grande-Anse, which is then shipped by truck, was also intended for Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Côte-Nord and the Quebec region.
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