Lakes Limestone Trade Up 12 Percent in November
Cleveland—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,257,853 net tons in November, a decrease of 13.2 percent from October, but an increase of 1.2 percent compared to a year ago. November loadings were also 5.6 percent below the month’s 5-year average.
Shipments from U.S. quarries increased 10.9 percent compared to a year ago, but were 6.3 percent of the month’s 5-year average. Loadings at Canadian quarries rose by 16.9 percent compared to a year ago, and nearly pulled even with the month’s 5-year average.
Through November the limestone trade stands at 26.7 million tons, a slight decrease – 156,000 tons – compared to the same point in 2010, but a drop of 10.5 percent compared to the 5-year average for the for the January-November timeframe.