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June 13, 2017

Great Lakes and Seaway iron ore trade up in May, limestone shipments decreased

The Lake Carriers' Association reports that shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway totaled 6.1 million tons in May, an increase of 1.8 percent compared to a year ago. However, shipments trailed the month's 5-year average by 5 percent.

Iron ore shipments from U.S. Great Lakes ports totaled 5.7 million tons in May, an increase of 5 percent, but loadings at Canadian terminals in the Seaway in May totaled 390,000 tons, a decrease of nearly 30 percent.

The Association also announced that shipments of limestone on the Great Lakes totaled 3.6 million tons in May, a decrease of 5.4 percent compared to a year ago. May's loadings were, however, slightly above the month's 5-year average.

Loadings from U.S. quarries totaled 2.9 million tons, a decrease of 4.2 percent compared to a year ago. Shipments from Canadian quarries totaled 683,000 tons, a decrease of 9.3 percent.

Source: Lake Carriers' Association