Limestone Trade Up in June

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totalled 3.8 million…

Limestone Trade Up in June

Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totalled 3.8 million tons in June, a slight increase from a year ago. This June’s loadings were also above the month’s 5-year average by 2.2 per cent.

Loadings out of U.S. quarries totalled nearly 3 million tons, an increase of 11.5 per cent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totalled 829,618 tons, a decrease of 25.2 per cent.

Year-to-date the Lakes limestone trade stands at nearly 9.7 million tons, a decrease of 2.5 per cent compared to 2021. Loadings from Michigan and Ohio quarries increased 1.7 per cent from a year ago. Shipments from Ontario quarries total 2.1 million tons, a decrease of 15.4 per cent.

GREAT LAKES LIMESTONE TRADE: JUNE 2017-2022 AND LONG-TERM AVERAGE (NET TONS)

 2017 2018 2019 202020212022Average  2017-2021 
U.S. Ports 2,786,7843,238,1883,400,4402,475,9502,664,8952,970,1092,913,251
Canadian Ports 668,235854,516666,475728,330 1,108,564829,618805,224
Total 3,455,0194,092,7044,066,9153,204,2803,773,4593,799,7273,718,475

YEAR-TO-DATE 2017-2022 AND LONG-TERM AVERAGE  (NET TONS)

 2017 2018 2019 202020212022Average 2017-2021 
U.S. Ports 7,122,1727,707,2628,907,0687,216,8987,529,8277,659,3517,696,645
Canadian Ports 1,648,0721,663,3171,846,6961,775,9892,430,2672,054,8331,872,868
Total 8,770,2449,370,57910,753,7648,992,8879,960,0949,714,1849,569,514

U.S. ports: Calcite, MI; Cedarville, MI; Drummond Island, MI; Marblehead, OH; Port Inland, MI; and Presque Isle, MI. Canadian ports: Bruce Mines, Manitoulin Island, Port Colborne (from August 2017 on) and Smelter Bay (all Ontario).

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