Grain Exports From Rouen Climb 17% in Week on Iran Barley Cargo

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, rose 17 percent in the latest week as a barley cargo destined for Iran more than made up for a lack of wheat cargoes to North Africa.

Outgoing grain cargoes rose to 90,000 metric tons between Sept. 6 and Sept. 12 from 76,597 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today.

Shipments in the week included 49,150 tons of wheat, down from 73,791 tons a week earlier, while barley exports advanced to 40,850 tons from 2,806 tons. Iran was the largest destination with 37,700 tons of feed barley, followed by Cameroon with 23,450 tons of wheat.

Rouen accounted for 41 percent of France’s grain exports by sea in 2010-11, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay, with a share of 17 percent, and Dunkirk on the North Sea, at 11 percent of the total, according to port figures.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                 Sept. 6-12
Soft wheat
Cameroon            23,450
Guinea               7,700
Benin                6,300
Ivory Coast          5,400
Senegal              4,600
U.K.                 1,700

Feed barley
Iran                37,700

Malting barley
Germany              3,150

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