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Rouen Grain Shipments More Than Double on Algeria, Cuba

May 03, 2012

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, more than doubled, boosted by wheat destined for Algeria and Cuba.

Export cargoes climbed to 102,935 metric tons between April 26 and May 2 from 37,585 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 88,834 tons of soft wheat, compared with 16,145 tons the previous week.

Algeria was the biggest destination, taking 51,650 tons of soft wheat, followed by Cuba with 25,754 tons of wheat, the first cargo to the island nation in four weeks.

Rouen accounted for 41 percent of France’s grain exports by sea in 2010-11, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay and Dunkirk on the North Sea, which shipped out 17 percent and 11 percent respectively, according to port data.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                 April 26-May 2
Soft wheat
Algeria              51,650
Cuba                 25,754
Ivory Coast           5,000
Poland                3,150
U.K.                  1,780
Sweden                1,500

Durum wheat
U.K.                  1,780

Portugal              4,200
Netherlands           4,121
Spain                 4,000

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at

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