Lakes Limestone Trade Up 27% in May

Friday, June 18, 2010

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3,639,048 net tons in May, an increase of 47.6 percent compared to April, and an increase of 27.3 percent compared to a year ago.  The trade was, however, down more than 16 percent when compared to the month’s five-year average.

Loadings at U.S. ports were up 23 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks increased even more, 43.2 percent. Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at 6,121,260 net tons, an increase of 38.3 percent compared to a year ago, but a decrease of 21.1 percent compared to the 5-year average for the January-May timeframe.  Loadings at U.S. ports are up 37.8 percent compared to a year ago.  Shipments from Canadian docks are 40.3 percent ahead of last year’s pace.

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