June 17, 2013
France's wheat exports continue to rise
Exports of French grain continued its uptrend last week as the country's main shipping port showed significant increases in grain exports to both EU and African countries.
Over the week, grain exports from the French port of Rouen to the UK, Ireland and the Ivory Coast rose 2.7% to 29,260 tonnes, compared to 28,503 tonnes in the previous week.
According to the Seine River port, the largest wheat-shipping hub in Europe, wheat cargoes increased from 13,175 tonnes to 19,570 tonnes. Ivory Coast was the largest destination although no other shipments were made to North African buyers.
Between June 6 and 12, 1,700 tonnes of soft wheat and 9,690 tonnes of feed barley were exported to Ireland and 8,800 and 9,000 tonnes of soft wheat were distributed to the UK and the Ivory Coast respectively.
France is the EU's largest wheat and soft-wheat exporter and between 2010 and 2011, Rouen accounted for 41% of France's maritime grain exports, exceeding the 17% for La Pallice, situated on the Bay of Biscay, and the North Sea's Dunkirk, with 11% of the total.
Meanwhile, France's total soft-wheat exports have increased this year to 1.53 million tonnes from 1.19 million tonnes recorded last year.