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Grain Exports From Rouen Fall 45% as North African Demand Slows

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April 25 (Bloomberg) -- Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, fell 45 percent to a four-month low on reduced shipments to North Africa.

Deliveries declined to 87,774 metric tons in the seven days through April 24 from 160,479 tons in the prior period, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. Wheat cargoes plunged to 57,124 tons from 154,145 tons.

Tunisia was the biggest destination, taking 27,500 tons of feed barley. Morocco imported 25,000 tons of soft wheat, a 77 percent plunge from last week.

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

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                   April 18-24
Soft wheat
Morocco                25,000
U.K.                    4,400
Belgium                 3,970

Durum wheat
Italy                  23,754

Feed barley
Tunisia                27,500

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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