Great Lakes Limestone Trade Slides in September
Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2,958,522 tons in September, a decrease of 9.5 percent compared to a year ago, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA). September’s loadings were also 13.3 percent below the month’s five-year average.
Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2,495,401 tons, a decrease of 14.8 percent compared to a year ago, according to LCA, and shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 463,121 tons, an increase of 35.8 percent.
Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 19,465,787 tons, a decrease of 7.9 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries total 15,689,454 tons, a decrease of 12.3 percent, while shipments from Ontario quarries total 3,776,333 tons, an increase of 16.6 percent.