Lakes limestone trade down 18 percent in July

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,348,040 tons in July, a decrease of 18 percent compared to a year ago. July’s loadings were also 14 percent below the month’s five-year average.

Loadings out of U.S. quarries totaled 2.6 million tons, a decrease of 26 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 760,000 tons, an increase of 35 percent compared to a year ago.

Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 13.1 million tons, a decrease of 6 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries total 10.4 million tons, a decrease of 11 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 2.7 million tons, an increase of 19 percent.

Maritime Editorial