Shipments of limestone and iron ore on the Great Lakes were down in April, trade group the Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA) said on Friday.

Great Lakes limestone shipments totaled 2 million net tons, a decrease of 16.6% compared to a year ago, though loadings were above the month’s five-year average by 5.5%.

Limestone loadings at U.S. ports totaled 1.6 million tons, a decrease of 14.6%, while shipments from Canadian quarries decreased by 24.4% to 370,107 tons.

Year-to-date the limestone trade stands at 2 million tons, a decrease of 19.1% from 2021. Shipments from U.S. ports decreased by 16.5% from the previous year, while shipments from Canadian ports decreased by 28.8%.

Iron ore shipments on the Great Lakes totaled 3 million tons in April, a decrease of 44.7% compared to last year. Shipments were 41.3% below the month’s five-year average.

Year-to-date the iron ore trade stands at 5.5 million tons, a decrease of 41.7% compared to the same point in 2021. Through April, iron ore shipments are 37.4% below their five-year average for four months of the year.

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