Rouen Weekly Grain Exports More Than Double on Algeria Cargoes

Grain loadings for export from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, more than doubled in the seven days through yesterday as Algeria took the most wheat in more than a year.

Outbound shipments were 225,286 metric tons between Sept. 22 and 28, climbing from 104,278 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port said in an e-mailed report today. Departing cargoes included 222,286 tons of wheat, the most in six months.

Algeria, the biggest buyer of French grain, was the main destination with 148,888 tons of wheat, up from 82,470 tons a week earlier and the most since at least the start of August 2010, port data show. Cargoes from Rouen included 38,670 tons of wheat for Libya, also the most in at least a year.

Rouen accounted for 45 percent of France’s wheat exports in 2009-10, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay, which shipped out 19 percent, according to data from national crops office FranceAgriMer.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in tons:

                Sept. 22-28
Algeria             148,888
Libya                38,670
Cuba                 27,500
Israel                6,178
Norway                1,050

Netherlands           3,000

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