Rouen Grain Exports Fall 36% to Lowest Since August

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, fell 36 percent in the latest week to the lowest since August’s first week as a barley delivery to Saudi Arabia wasn’t repeated.

Loadings declined to 96,100 metric tons in the Oct. 24-30 period from 150,060 tons in the prior week, according to data today from the Seine River port. Algeria was the biggest destination with 75,500 tons of soft wheat and feed barley, from 71,250 tons in the previous week, while no shipments went to Saudi Arabia, which took 49,150 tons of barley a week earlier.

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:

                 Oct. 24-30
Soft wheat
Algeria            49,250
Portugal            9,400
Denmark             1,525

Durum wheat Italy 6,597

Feed barley Algeria 26,250 Malting barley Netherlands 3,078
(Port corrects Algerian purchases in story originally published Oct. 31.)
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