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Rouen Grain Exports Slide 46%

11 October 20132 min reading
Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, fell 46 percent in the most recent week on reduced wheat and barley shipments. According to Bloomberg news; total loadings for export fell to 142,486 metric tons in the Sept. 26-Oct. 2 period from 266,300 tons a week earlier. Last week’s shipments were the highest since the week of March 20. Saudi Arabia was the biggest destination in the latest week, taking 40,000 tons of feed barley, from 45,000 tons in the prior period. A 17,937-ton cargo of malting barley for Peru was the first from Rouen since at least August 2010, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Rouen accounted for 45 percent of France’s soft-wheat exports in 2012-13, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay and Dunkirk on the North Sea, according to port figures. Shipments to Mauritania with 34 thousand 794 tons, to Algeria with 31 thousand tons, to U.K. with 6 thousand 200 tons, to Ireland with 4 thousand 400 tons soft wheat; to Saudi Arabia 40 thousand tons, to Morocco 5 thousand 105 tons feed barley; to Peru 17 thousand 937 tons and to Netherlands 3 thousand 50 tons malting barley were made between 26 September and 2 October.
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