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Rouen Grain Shipments Slid 42% in Latest Week on Algeria

May 10, 2012

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, dropped 42 percent in the latest week as wheat shipments to Algeria declined.

Export cargoes fell to 59,852 metric tons between May 3 and May 9 from 102,935 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 55,452 tons of soft wheat, compared with 88,834 tons the previous week.

Cuba was the biggest destination, taking 25,750 tons of soft wheat from 25,754 tons the previous week, while shipments to Algeria fell to 25,502 tons from 51,650 tons a week earlier.

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:

                  May 3-May 9
Soft wheat
Cuba                 25,750
Algeria              25,502
U.K.                  4,200

Ireland               4,400

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