Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, rose 24 percent in the most recent week on higher deliveries of wheat to Africa and barley to China.
Total grain loaded for export climbed to 171,390 metric tons in the Aug. 29-Sept. 4 period from 138,729 tons in the previous week, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report. Algeria was the biggest destination, buying 78,750 tons of wheat, followed by China with 39,500 tons of malting 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. 29-Sept. 4 Soft wheat Algeria 78,750 Cameroon 17,655 Congo 8,200 Mauritius 15,750 Senegal 8,235 U.K. 3,300 Malting barley China 39,500