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The St. Louis region’s port system, home to a 15-mile section of the Mississippi River known as the Ag Coast of America, is now ranked second for total inland port tonnage in the United States.

The climb from the third ranking into second was revealed in the latest data available (the 2018 rankings) from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which shows the St. Louis region’s port system handled 37.4 million tons of commodities over the course of the year, a 13.2 percent year-over-year increase.

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This story is part of a special section dedicated to the St. Louis Regional Freightway that appears in the May issue of the Illinois Business Journal, which covers the business of Southwestern Illinois. Go to Current Edition archives for the entire section.