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Rouen Grain Shipments Double as Algeria Deliveries Resume

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, more than doubled in the most recent week as wheat deliveries to Algeria resumed.

Total export cargoes jumped to 112,966 metric tons between May 24 and May 30 from 50,172 a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 105,866 tons of soft wheat, up from 41,350 tons the previous week.

Algeria was the biggest destination with 52,050 tons of soft wheat, after taking no grain the previous week. Cuba was a client for 24,955 tons of soft wheat, after none was shipped to the island nation in the previous two weeks.

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:

                  May 24-May 30
Soft wheat
Algeria             52,050
Cuba                24,955
Senegal             15,281
Ivory Coast         10,000
U.K.                 3,580

Germany              4,100
Ireland              3,000

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at

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