Rouen Grain Exports Almost Double on Saudi Demand for Barley


Grain exports from the French port of Rouen, Europe’s biggest wheat-shipping hub, almost doubled in the week through yesterday on a barley shipment to Saudi Arabia.

Deliveries jumped 93 percent to 72,734 metric tons of wheat and barley in the July 25-31 period from 37,717 tons in the previous week, the Seine River port wrote in an e-mailed report today. Saudi Arabia was the biggest destination with 58,484 tons of feed barley.

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.