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Grain Exports From Rouen Fall 36% to Eight-Week Low on Wheat

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April 19 (Bloomberg) -- Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, fell 36 percent to an eight-week low as wheat shipments declined.

Export cargoes dropped to 57,771 metric tons between April 12 and April 18 from 89,985 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 53,575 tons of soft wheat, down from 86,685 tons.

Algeria was the biggest destination, taking 26,250 tons of soft wheat, compared with 50,929 tons in the previous week. No wheat was shipped to Morocco from Rouen for a second week.

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 12-18
Soft wheat
Algeria              26,250
Ivory Coast          11,570
Cameroon              9,555
Cape Verde            4,950
Denmark               1,250

Barley
Portugal              3,300
Germany                 896

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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