Cargo Reports – December 2023 – Limestone from Ports – Text & Tabular

January 2, 2024
January 2, 2024 LCA

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down Slightly in 2023

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 28.6 million tons in 2023, a decrease of less than one percent compared to 2022.  2023’s loadings were below the trade’s 5-year average by 1.1 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries increased less than one percent from the prior year to 23.1 million tons.  However, shipments from U.S. quarries were below their 5-year average by less than one percent.

Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 5.5 million tons, a decrease of 4.4 percent compared to 2022 and 1.8 percent below the 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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