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Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, fell 35 percent to a nine-week low as no wheat was sent to African destinations for the first time since January.

Export cargoes dropped to 37,585 metric tons between April 19 and April 25 from 57,771 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 16,145 tons of soft wheat, down from 53,575 tons.

Algeria was the biggest destination, taking 13,500 tons of barley, the port wrote. Shipments of the grain from Rouen exceeded cargoes of wheat for the first time since at least August 2010.

Rouen accounted for 41 percent of France’s grain exports by sea in 2010-11, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay and Dunkirk on the North Sea, which shipped out 17 percent and 11 percent respectively, according to port data.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                April 19-25
Soft wheat
Portugal              7,010
Ireland               4,200
Netherlands           3,150
U.K.                  1,785

Durum wheat
U.K.                  1,750

Algeria              13,500
Cyprus                6,190

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