France’s Rouen Weekly Grain Loads Fall 39% on North Africa Slump

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, dropped 39 percent in the week through yesterday as wheat shipments to North Africa fell to the lowest in four weeks.

Outbound grain was 105,609 metric tons between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8 from 171,966 tons, the Seine River port said in an e- mailed report today. Exports included 78,645 tons of soft wheat.

Algeria was the biggest export destination, taking 24,500 tons of soft wheat and 23,750 tons of barley, compared with 76,500 tons of wheat shipped the previous week. Cameroon was the second-biggest client with 31,650 tons of wheat.

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

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in tons:

                   Feb. 2-8
Soft wheat
Cameroon             31,650
Algeria              24,500
Ivory Coast           8,085
Benin                 5,250
Portugal              4,400
Sweden                3,000
U.K.                  1,760

Barley
Algeria              23,750
Latvia                3,214

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