The following is the text of a news release from the Lake Carriers' Association:
(CLEVELAND) — Shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 1.63 million tons in April, a decrease of 16.3 percent compared to a year ago. Loadings also trailed the month’s five-year average by 22.4 percent.
Loadings at U.S. quarries totaled 1.33 million tons, a decrease of 14 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian docks totaled 297,242 tons, a decrease of 24.7 percent.
Year to date, the Lakes limestone trade stands at 1.7 million tons, a decrease of 24.3 percent compared to the same point in 2016. Shipments from U.S. quarries are down 23.3 percent. Loadings out of Canadian quarries are off by 24.7 percent.
The year-to-date total includes 78,489 tons shipped from U.S. quarries in March.