Great Lakes limestone trade up in April 2020

By |  June 1, 2020

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Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes increased 1.1 percent in April, compared to the same time period in 2019, to a total of 2.1 million tons, the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) reports.

Loadings were up 22 percent, compared to the month’s five-year average, with loadings at U.S. quarries, specifically, up 3.8 percent.

Shipments from Canadian quarries retreated 15.3 percent to 245,191 tons.

According to LCA, the year-to-date limestone trade stands at 2.3 million tons. That’s a 5 percent drop from 2019.

In addition, shipments from U.S. ports total 2 million tons – a 3.5 percent decrease from a year ago.

The year-to-date total for U.S. ports includes 125,070 tons shipped in March, LCA adds.

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

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