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Grain Exports From France’s Rouen Slide 69% to Lowest Since 2010

July 19, 2012

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest cereal-shipping hub, fell 69 percent in the latest week to the lowest since at least August 2010.

Cargoes slid to 8,440 metric tons between July 12 and July 18 from 27,026 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today.

The U.K. was the sole destination with 4,040 tons of soft wheat and 4,400 tons of feed barley.

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 figures.

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