Lakes Limestone Trade Down 13-Plus Percent in July
CLEVELAND—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million tons in July, a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to June, and 13.6 percent off the pace of a year ago. Shipments from U.S. ports totaled 3 million tons, a decrease of 9.7 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings at Canadian quarries dipped by more than 30 percent, falling to 507,000 tons. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 12.85 million tons, a decrease of 8.5 percent compared to a year ago, and 23 percent below the average for the January-July timeframe in recent years.