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Rouen Weekly Grain Loadings Fall 9% on Drop in Algeria Cargoes

October 06, 2011

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Grain loadings for export from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, fell 9 percent in the seven days through yesterday as cargoes for Algeria declined.

Outbound shipments were 205,107 metric tons between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, slipping from 225,286 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port said in an e-mailed report today. Departing cargoes included 198,793 tons of wheat.

Algeria, the biggest buyer of French grain, was the main destination for grain from Rouen for the 12th week in a row with 124,399 tons of wheat, down from 148,888 tons a week earlier, port data show.

Rouen accounted for 45 percent of France’s wheat exports in 2009-10, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay, which shipped out 19 percent, according to data from national crops office FranceAgriMer.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in tons:

--Editors: Dan Weeks, John Deane.

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