By Rudy Ruitenberg - Dec 22, 2011 12:40 PM GMT+0100
Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe's biggest
cereal-shipping hub, fell 19 percent in the week ended yesterday as
deliveries to Cuba and sub- Saharan Africa weren't repeated.
Outbound grain amounted to 160,573 metric tons from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21,
compared with 199,407 tons a week earlier, the Seine River port said in
an e-mailed report today. Export cargoes included 149,383 tons of wheat.
Morocco accounted for the bulk of shipments, taking 145,938 tons of
wheat, compared with 57,330 tons the previous week, as well as 5,040
tons of barley. Last week's shipments included 48,902 tons of wheat for
Cuba, compared with none in the most recent seven-day period.
Rouen accounted for 45 percent of France's maritime grain exports in
2009-10, ahead of La Pallice on the Bay of Biscay, which shipped out 19
percent, according to data from national crops office FranceAgriMer.
Rouen grain loadings by destination, in tons: