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Rouen Port Grain Shipments Doubled in Week on Algeria

May 18, 2012

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, more than doubled in the latest week as wheat shipments to Algeria jumped.

Export cargoes climbed to 128,998 metric tons between May 10 and May 16 from 59,852 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. That included 123,401 tons of soft wheat, compared with 55,452 tons the previous week.

Algeria was the biggest destination, taking 75,684 tons of soft wheat, up from 25,502 tons the previous week.

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 10-May 16
Soft wheat
Algeria             75,684
Benin                5,512
Cameroon             8,925
Ivory Coast          6,650
Mali                 7,160
Poland               4,400
Portugal            11,500
U.K.                 3,570

Germany              1,500
Ireland              4,097

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