Rouen Grain Exports Increase 2% on Shipments to North Africa

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, rose 2 percent in the most recent week on deliveries to Algeria and Morocco.

Total grain loaded for export climbed to 161,036 metric tons in the Aug. 15-21 period from 157,925 tons in the previous week, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report. Algeria was the biggest destination, buying 129,151 tons of wheat, followed by Morocco, which purchased 23,500 tons of the grain and 6,600 tons of feed barley.

Rouen accounted for 45 percent of France’s soft-wheat exports in 2012-13, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay and Dunkirk on the North Sea, according to port figures.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                  Aug. 15-21
Soft wheat
Algeria            129,151
Morocco             23,500
U.K.                 1,785

Feed barley
Morocco              6,600

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