Great Lakes Limestone Trade Up 4% in August

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 18, 2015

Shipments of limestone from U.S. and Canadian quarries on the Great Lakes totaled 3.9 million tons in August, an increase of 4 percent compared to a year ago, and even more, 10 percent, when compared to the month’s long-term average, according to the Lakes Carriers’ Association (LCA).

According to LCA’s latest figures, loadings from U.S. quarries in Michigan and Ohio approached 3.3 million tons, an increase of 6 percent compared to a year ago, while shipments from Canadian quarries in Ontario dipped by a couple boatloads.

Year-to-date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 17,857,335 tons, an increase of 13 percent compared to the same point in 2014. Loadings out of U.S. quarries are 11 percent ahead of last year’s pace.  Shipments from Canadian quarries have surged by 23 percent.

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