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Rouen Grain Exports Advance 24% on Cargoes for Africa and China

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

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