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Germany Wheat Exports, EU’s 2nd-Biggest, Fell 5.4% in February

April 19, 2013

German wheat exports, the European Union’s second-biggest behind those of France, fell 5.4 percent in February, while shipments of barley and corn also declined.

Wheat deliveries slipped to 515,697 metric tons from 545,229 tons in February 2012, Germany’s statistics office reported on its website. The value of shipments rose to 140.4 million euros ($184 million) from 117.5 million euros.

Wheat exports in the eight months since the start of the marketing year in July totaled 4.69 million tons from 3.52 million tons in the year-earlier July-February period, based on the statistics office’s data.

German barley exports dropped 8.5 percent to 137,094 tons in February from 149,907 tons in the year-earlier month. Exports of the grain rose to 1.2 million tons in the season’s first eight months from 934,955 tons in the year-earlier period.

Corn shipments declined 26 percent to 51,887 tons from 70,102 tons, the data showed.

February wheat imports declined 12 percent to 235,690 tons, while corn purchases slumped 42 percent to 116,941 tons.

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