Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 8% in November


Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3 million tons in November, an increase of 8% compared to a year ago, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association. Limestone cargos were also 8% above the month’s five-year average.

  • Loadings from U.S. quarries increased 12.2% from 2018 to 2.6 million tons.
  • Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 429,649 tons, a decrease of 12.1%.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 30.2 million tons, an increase of 11.2% compared to a year ago. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries increased 12.2%.

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ Association has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargo annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand.