Lakes Limestone Trade Down 13.5 Percent in August
CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,365,999 tons in August, a decrease of 13.5 percent compared to a year ago. August’s loadings were also 8 percent below the month’s 5-year average.
Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2,765,206 tons, a decrease of 15.5 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 600,793 tons, a decrease equal to one load in one of the larger river-class vessels.
Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 16.5 million tons, a decrease of 7.6 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries total 13.2 million tons, a decrease of 11.8 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 3.3 million tons, an increase of 14.3 percent.