Lakes Limestone Trade Up 8.5 Percent in October
Cleveland—Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,755,344 net tons in October, an increase of 6 percent over September, and an increase of 8.5 percent compared to a year ago. October loadings also inched passed the month’s 5-year average.
Shipments from U.S. quarries increased 8.2 percent compared to a year ago and beat the month’s 5-year average by 75,000 tons. Loadings at Canadian quarries rose by 10.3 percent compared to a year ago, but remained under October’s 5-year average.
Through October the Lakes limestone trade stands at 23.4 million tons, a slight decrease – 2.1 percent – compared to the same point in 2010, but a drop of 11 percent compared to the 5-year average for the for the January-October timeframe.