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May 9, 2018

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Lags

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Great lakes limestone shipments totaled just 1,254,226 net tons in April, a decrease of 23 percent compared to a year ago as the coldest April in more than two decades put a chill on the trade. According to the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), loadings trailed the month’s five-year average by even more – 33.3 percent.

Loadings at U.S. ports totaled 1.1 million tons, a decrease of 19 percent, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 177,000 tons, a decrease of nearly 41 percent, LCA said.

LCA reports year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 1.5 million tons, a decrease of 12.8 percent.

Shipments from U.S. ports total 1.3 million tons, a decrease of 7 percent. The year-to-date total for U.S. ports includes 17,664 tons loaded in February and 218,452 tons shipped in March.

No limestone moved from Canadian quarries during the first quarter, so the April total is also the year-to-date total for Canadian ports.


Great Lakes Limestone Trade: April 2013-2018 and Long-term Average
(net tons)


201320142015201620172018Average
2013-2017
U.S. Ports1,596,519
968,472
1,604,339
1,552,490
1,332,839
1,077,612
1,410,932
Canadian Ports247,670
14,658
214,366
394,773
297,242
176,614
233,742
Total1,844,189
983,130
1,818,705
1,947,263
1,630,081
1,254,226
1,878,416


Year-to-date 2013-2018 and Long-Term Average
(net tons)


201320142015201620172018Average
2013-2017
U.S. Ports1,889,379
968,472
1,801,615
1,840,722
1,411,328
1,313,728
1,582,303
Canadian Ports
248,14114,658
238,096
416,882
297,242
176,614
243,004
Total2,137,520
983,130
2,039,711
2,257,604
1,708,570
1,490,342
2,068,311


U.S. ports: Calcite, Mich.; Cedarville, Mich.:, Drummond Island, Mich.;, Marblehead, Ohio; Port Inland, Mich.; and Presque Isle, Mich.
Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island and Smelter Bay (all Ontario).

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