Lakes Limestone Up 8.3 Percent in October

Lake-limestone

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in October, an increase of 8.3 percent compared to a year ago. Limestone cargos were also above the month’s 5-year average by 1.6 percent.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, an increase of 13.2 percent. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 638,517 tons, a decrease of 9.9 percent.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 24.6 million tons, an increase of 9 percent compared to 2020. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries total nearly 19.4 million tons, an increase of 8.3 percent. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 5.2 million tons, an increase 11.6 percent.

GREAT LAKES LIMESTONE TRADE: OCTOBER 2016-2021 AND LONG-TERM AVERAGE 
(NET TONS)
201620172018201920202021Average
2016-2020
U.S. Ports2,692,4562,992,3272,815,2873,112,7702,574,7912,915,6162,837,526
Canadian Ports613,197683,936603,257696,978708,406638,517661,155
Total3,305,6533,676,2633,418,5443,809,7483,283,1973,554,1333,498,681
YEAR-TO-DATE 2016-2021 AND LONG-TERM AVERAGE 
(NET TONS)
201620172018201920202021Average
2016-2020
U.S. Ports18,381,91019,502,36219,834,28022,260,67317,958,04419,447,38619,587,454
Canadian Ports4,389,5304,317,5144,572,2124,960,8804,652,7745,193,1704,578,582
Total22,771,44023,819,87624,406,49227,221,55322,610,81824,640,55624,166,036
About Lake Carriers’ Association

Since 1880, Lake Carriers’ has represented the U.S.-flag Great Lakes fleet, which today can move more than 90 million tons of cargos annually that are the foundation of American industry, infrastructure, and power: iron ore, stone, coal, cement, and other dry bulk materials such as grain, salt, and sand. More information is available at www.lcaships.com.

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