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Sept. Lakes Limestone Trade Up 16%


Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million net tons in September, an increase of 3.6% compared with August, and 16% better than a year ago

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million net tons in September, an increase of 3.6% compared with August, and 16% better than a year ago. However, the trade was down 10.7% compared to the monthís five-year average. This data comes from the Lake Carriers' Association.

Loadings at U.S. ports were up 342,000 tons and 28% compared with a year ago. Shipments from Canadian docks increased by 135,000 tons, 15.4% ahead of last yearís pace. Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 20.5 million net tons, an increase of 25.2% compared with a year ago, but a decrease of 15% compared with the five-year average for the first three quarters.

Lake Carriersí Association represents 18 American companies that operate 55 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes. Collectively, these vessels can transport more than 115 million tons of cargo per year when high water offsets lack of adequate dredging.