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

June 7, 2023
June 7, 2023 LCA

Lakes Limestone Trade Down in May

CLEVELAND — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.9 million tons in May, a decrease of 25.5 percent compared to a year ago.  May’s loadings were also below the month’s 5-year average by 24.5 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.2 million tons, a decrease of 27.1 percent compared to 2022.  Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 685,331 tons, a decrease of 19.9 percent.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at nearly 4.9 million tons, a decrease of 16.5 percent compared to a year ago.  Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 3.9 million tons, a decrease of 16.2 percent.  Shipments from Ontario quarries total 1 million tons, a decrease of 17.7 percent.

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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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