Cargo Reports – December 2020 – Limestone from Ports – Text & Tabular

January 13, 2021 LCA

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down 14.7 Percent in 2020

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 26.6 million tons in 2020, a decrease of 14.7 percent compared to 2019.  2020’s loadings were also 7.2 percent below the trade’s 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 21.1 million tons, a decrease of 17.8 percent compared to 2019.  Shipments from U.S. quarries were also below their 5-year average by 10.8 percent.

Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 5.5 million tons, a near match to 2019, and 9.7 percent better than their 5-year average.

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Information based on data from knowledgeable sources.  However, accuracy cannot be guaranteed.  LCA assumes no legal responsibility for the outcome of decisions or commitments made on the basis of this information.  This report represents the views of LCA and may not necessarily represent the views of its individual members.


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