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Cargo at Ports of Indiana up 20 percent in 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Ports of Indiana handled 8.3 million tons of cargo at its three ports last year, an increase of 20 percent over a year earlier.

Officials with the Ports of Indiana say it was the third highest total of cargo in the organization's 52-year history and the highest since 2006. They say shipments of coal, steel and agricultural-related products helped lead the increases.

The ports in the fourth quarter alone handled nearly 3 million tons of cargo, which is the highest total for any quarter since the ports opened.

The statewide port authority operates two ports on the Ohio River and one on Lake Michigan.

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