Lakes Limestone Trade Up Slightly in September

press release
Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.5 million net tons in September, a decrease of 6.7 percent from August, but an increase of 2.4 percent compared to a year ago.  September loadings were 4 percent off the month’s 5-year average.

 

Shipments from U.S. quarries increased 10 percent compared to a year ago and were only marginally below the month’s 5-year average.  However, loadings at Canadian quarries were off more than 22 percent compared to a year ago and 8.5 percent below September’s 5-year average. Through September the limestone trade stands at 19.7 million tons, a decrease of 3.9 percent compared to the same point in 2010, and a drop of 13 percent compared to the 5-year average for the for the first three quarters.

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