Grain Exports From Rouen Decline 34% Without Algerian Demand

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, fell 34 percent in the latest week in the absence of deliveries to Algeria, the main destination for France’s wheat.

Cargoes slid to 60,368 metric tons between June 14 and June 20 from 91,772 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 45,086 tons of soft wheat, down from 86,302 tons in the previous week, when 52,840 tons of the grain were dispatched to Algeria.

Cameroon was the main destination in the latest week with 15,750 tons of soft wheat, ahead of Ivory Coast with 9,095 tons.

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:

                June 14-20
Soft wheat
Cameroon            15,750
Ivory Coast          9,095
Tunisia              7,054
Portugal             6,157
Benin                5,250
U.K.                 1,780

Durum wheat
U.K.                 1,790

Feed barley
Ireland              7,619

Malting barley
Russia               3,300
Germany              2,573

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