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Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down in May


RR061820 LCAJune 18, 2020 – Time to get those ships sailing and ports moving. Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in May, a decrease of 18.1% compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association. May’s loadings were also below the month’s five-year average by 8.7%.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.7 million tons, a decrease of 20.3% compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 802,468 tons, a decrease of 9.9%.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at nearly 5.8 million tons, a decrease of 13.4% compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 4.7 million tons, a decrease of 13.9%. Shipments from Ontario quarries total a little over 1 million tons, a decrease of 11.2%.