Great Lakes limestone trade down 6 percent in November 2018

By |  December 6, 2018

Logo: Lake Carriers AssociationShipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2.8 million tons in November, a 6 percent decrease compared with one year ago. Despite this, limestone cargos were just about on track with the November’s five-year average, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.3 million tons, an 8.8 percent decrease, while shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 473,000 tons, an increase of roughly 40,000 tons.

According to the Lake Carriers’ Association, year-to-date limestone trade stands at 27 million tons, a 1 percent increase compared with one year ago. In addition, year-to-date loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 22.1 million tons, an increase of 112,000 tons. Meanwhile, shipments from Ontario quarries total 4.8 million tons, an increase of 153,000 tons.

The Lake Carriers’ Association represents 13 American companies that operate 45 U.S.-flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carry the raw materials, including iron ore, flux stone, aggregate, cement, coal, sand and grain.

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