Domestic International Domestic and international
Merchandise Loaded Unloaded Loaded Unloaded Handled Containerized
  tons tons tons tons tons %
Logs, bolts, and other woods - - 2 - 2 -
Wood pulp - - 1 413 - 1 413 -
Iron ore 3 415 905 - 16 675 108 - 20 091 013 -
Iron, steel, and alloys 12 129 - 5 617 94 17 840 0.2
Aluminum ore and basic products - - 180 420 413 861 594 281 -
Other ores & base metal products 35 243 - 61 060 630 96 933 0.2
Coal - - 156 550 153 190 309 740 -
Limestone - 143 045 - 186 869 329 914 -
Salt - 10 993 - - 10 993 -
Auth. Non-metallic mineral products. 2 060 204 496 1 494 165 918 373 958 0.8
Miscellaneous chemicals - 3 559 28 3 037 6 624 0.4
Gasoline 2 539 43 890 - - 46 429 -
Fuel oil - 280 038 - 17 135 297 173 -
Coke of petroleum and coal - 60 766 54 863 287 987 403 617 -
Cement and related products - - - 127 127 -
Machinery/equp & misc. cargo 2 629 19 89 1 136 3 873 0.4
Total 3 470 505 746 796 17 136 645 1 229 985 22 583 930 -
Source: Statistics Canada, Cat. No. 54-205.
Specialization Index Applied to the Port of Sept Iles
To show how to calculate the specialization index, we will examine the case of the port of Sept-Iles/Pointe-Noire and the merchandise handled at this port. Thus, by using the specialization index equation, we find a specialization index of 0.79. Obtaining an index drawing close to 1, we can conclude that the port of Sept-Iles/Pointe-Noire is highly specialized. By looking at the table, we see immediately that the handling of iron ore is the port's specialty. It can be noted that the same calculation can be performed using the loaded and unloaded products or with the domestic and international traffic.