Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down Slightly in 2023

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28.6 million tons in 2023, a decrease of less than 1% compared to 2022.  2023’s loadings were below the trade’s five-year average by 1.1%, according to the Lake Carriers’ Association.

Loadings from U.S. quarries increased less than 1% from the prior year to 23.1 million tons.  However, shipments from U.S. quarries were below their five-year average by less than 1%.

Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 5.5 million tons, a decrease of 4.4% compared to 2022 and 1.8% below the five-year average.

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos 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. More information is available at

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