Contact us to find out how you can save time and money on your next shipment through the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System with our various incentive programs listed below.

Gateway Incentive Program

The Gateway Incentive Program offers to shippers a percentage reduction negotiated and offered on applicable cargo tolls for shipments of a specific commodity diverted to the Seaway from a competing gateway.

Service Incentive Program


*save up to 40% in conjunction with new business incentive program

The Service Incentive Program offers a rebate of 20% on applicable cargo tolls for carriers that implement a new service. The objective is to provide incentives for carriers and assist them in developing and implementing a liner or semi-liner service from the Great Lakes ports to other global markets.

This incentive is available to all carriers presently calling the Great Lakes Region and potential service providers who are looking to expand their scheduled services.

New Business Incentive Program


The New Business Incentive Program offers a 20% discount on cargo tolls over the course of three years for commodity / origin / destination combinations approved as “new business.”

Case Study
A vessel carrying a shipment of 10,000 tonnes of wind turbines transits the St. Lawrence Seaway. Its routing combination is confirmed by the Seaway as qualifying for the new business incentive because of a new port of origin. After the application of the 20% rebate, a savings of $7,551.00 would be realized.

Volume Rebate Incentive Program


The Volume Rebate Incentive Program offers a 10% reduction on cargo tolls applicable to incremental volumes meeting a set of criteria.

Case Study
A company ships 150,000 tonnes of bulk cargo above a pre-approved maximum volume in a year.

After the application of the 10% volume incentive on the incremental volume, a savings of $27,210 is realized.


For full details of the Incentive Programs see the St. Lawrence Seaway’s Schedule of Tolls.
The Market Development team will process your application, and contact you concerning the eligibility of the proposed cargo movement.

N.B. Does not apply to U.S. locks