Cargo Reports – May 2011 – Limestone from Ports – Text & Tabular

May 30, 2011
May 30, 2011 LCA

Great Lakes Limestone Trade Down 20 Percent in May

Cleveland—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.9 million tons in May, an increase of 36.4 percent over April, but a decrease of 20 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments trailed the month’s 5-year average by 28 percent.

Shipments from U.S. quarries fell 14 percent compared to a year ago and are 26 percent off May’s 5-year average. Loadings at Canadian quarries slipped by nearly 40 percent compared to both a year ago and the month’s 5-year average.

Through May the limestone trade stands at 5.1 million tons, a decrease of 17 percent compared to the same point in 2010, and a drop of 28 percent compared to the 5-year average for the January-May timeframe.

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