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Rouen Grain Exports Jump Fivefold on Algerian and Saudi Demand

June 20, 2013

Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, jumped more than fivefold in the latest week on sales to destinations including Algeria and Saudi Arabia.

Deliveries increased to 151,133 metric tons in the seven days through yesterday, compared with 29,260 tons in the previous week, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. Wheat cargoes surged to 91,805 tons from 19,570 tons a week earlier, with Algeria the biggest destination, followed by Cuba.

Feed-barley shipments totaled 47,700 tons, most of which was bound for Saudi Arabia.

Rouen accounted for 41 percent of France’s grain exports by sea in 2010-11, exceeding the 17 percent share for La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay and Dunkirk on the North Sea with 11 percent of the total, according to port figures.

Rouen grain loadings by destination, in metric tons:

                    June 13-19
Soft wheat
Algeria              29,925
Congo                11,300
Cuba                 25,000
Gambia                3,300
Ghana                 3,000
U.K.                 19,280

Feed barley
Saudi Arabia          43,500
United Kingdom         4,200

Malting barley
Portugal              3,850
Spain                 7,778

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