For the week ending May 28, barged grain movements totaled 947,300 tons. This was 33% higher than the previous week and 10% higher than the same period last year. For the week ending May 28, 594 grain barges moved down river — 145 more barges than the previous week.
There were 475 grain barges unloaded in the New Orleans region, 39% fewer than last week.
For the week ending May 26, 26 oceangoing grain vessels were loaded in the Gulf — 21% fewer than the same period last year. Starting May 27 and lasting 10 days, 36 vessels were expected to be loaded — 5% fewer than the same period last year. As of May 26, the rate for shipping a metric ton (mt) of grain from the U.S. Gulf to Japan was $81.50. This was 1% less than the previous week. The rate from the Pacific Northwest to Japan was $47.00 per mt, unchanged from the previous week.
For the week ending May 30, the U.S. average diesel fuel price decreased 3.2 cents from the previous week to $5.539 per gallon, 228.4 cents above the same week last year.