Great Lakes limestone trade down in May 2017

By |  June 7, 2017

Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 4.3 million tons, an 11.4 percent decrease. Photo by Allison Barwacz

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in May, a 5.4 percent decrease compared to May 2016, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association.

According to the association, May’s loadings were slightly above the month’s five-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries in May 2017 totaled 2.9 million tons, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to May 2016. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 683,000 tons, a 9.3 percent decrease from May of last year.

In addition, year-to-date, the Great Lakes’ limestone trade stands at 5.3 million tons, which is a 12.3 percent decrease compared to May 2016. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total 4.3 million tons, an 11.4 percent decrease; and shipments form Ontario quarries total 980,000 tons, a 16.3 percent decrease.

The Lake Carriers’ Association represents 13 American companies that operate 49 U.S. flag vessels on the Great Lakes and carries the raw materials that drive the nation’s economy.

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