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France's Rouen Grain Loads Slip 31% as Africa Takes Less

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March 22 (Bloomberg) -- Grain exports from France’s Rouen port, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, fell 31 percent in the week through yesterday as wheat shipments to Africa slipped.

Outbound grain shipments were 159,777 metric tons between March 15 and March 21 from 231,849 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port said in an e-mailed report today. Exports included 114,100 tons of soft wheat.

Morocco was the biggest export destination, taking 85,980 tons of soft wheat and 32,898 tons of barley, the data showed.

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 metric tons:

                March 15-21
Soft wheat
Morocco              85,980
Algeria              25,000
U.K.                  3,120

Barley
Morocco              32,898
Portugal              6,329
Russia                3,300

Corn
U.K.                  3,150

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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