This report is intended to help buyers of inland water cargo transportation, which includes transportation over lakes, rivers and coasts in the United States. The major waterways served by vendors in this market are the Mississippi River System, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the East and West Coasts.
Buyers purchase shipping capacity on a spot basis (i.e. at current market rates) or through contracts. In this report, buyers are also called shippers, and water cargo transport companies are also called carriers. This report does not include passenger transportation.