Great Lakes limestone trade slips in September

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 2,958,522 tons in September, a decrease of 9.5% compared to a year ago, reports the Lake Carriers’ Association.

September’s loadings were also 13.3% below the month’s five-year average.

Loadings from US quarries totaled 2,495,401 tons, a decrease of 14.8% compared to a year ago, and shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 463,121 tons, an increase of 35.8%, the association said Thursday.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 19,465,787 tons, a decrease of 7.9% compared to a year ago. Loadings out of Michigan and Ohio quarries total 15,689,454 tons, a decrease of 12.3%, while shipments from Ontario quarries total 3,776,333 tons, an increase of 16.6%.


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