Grain season : in progress for the 4th consecutive year

Grain exports from HAROPA - Port of Rouen totalled up 7.61 Mt on the whole 2014/2015 season. This figure is in progress by 2.4% compared to the 2013/2014 season and 14% compared to the 2012/2013 season; it accounts for the 2nd best total in the past 15 years of export.

The bad weather conditions of the summer 2014 have had an impact on the - lower - quality of the crop in a large part of Rouen hinterland and led to expect a disappointing season; the high proportion of feed wheat did not actually meet the requirements of Port of Rouen’s traditional milling markets.

But the recorded results allow Rouen to continue its rise and maintain its leadership, owing to:

  • the quick adaptation of the storage organisations, exporters and port silos to the situation,
  • the drop of sea freight rates and the euro exchange rate.

It’s worth noting the strong competition linked to a very favourable situation in terms of grain quality on the Atlantic coast and in the North of France.

New destinations

The 2014/2015 season appears as an atypical season for Rouen for several reasons:

  • barley traffic (1.85 Mt) is the highest since the 1998/1999 season; 80% of this tonnage is made of malt and feed barley shipments to China.
  • if the traditional destinations of Rouen remain among the first on the export season, we note many diverse destinations especially as regards feed wheat shipments.

To be noted:

- South-East Asia destinations (Philippines, Bangladesh, Thailand and South Korea) totalled 0.86 Mt, which is a major first for Rouen

- Mexico and the United States are among the unusual destinations this year.

  • the high number of « Panamax » and « Overpanamax » vessels – 69 in total – which called at Rouen grain terminals : this record proves the ability of the silos to process this type of vessels and reinforces HAROPA – Port of Rouen in its draught improvement program ;
  • the 2014/2015 season prepares for Rouen’s future with the continuation of the access channel’s improvement works, investments which improve Rouen silos competitiveness (river unloading at Socomac silo, new maritime loading equipment at Simarex, river unloading and other investments at Sénalia, dust reduction system and drainage network at Lecureur,…) and the announcement of the construction of the new port silo of the Beuzelin company.

In the end, the 2014/2015 season marks the 4th consecutive rise in shipments from HAROPA - Port of Rouen and strengthens its position as a major grain hub in France and in Europe, even in a complicated season.

In addition to these bulk loadings from Rouen silos, the HAROPA port complex also allows loadings from the grain terminals in Limay and Bonnières-sur-Seine on board river-maritime units, and the fluvial terminals’ network of HAROPA - Port of Paris allows the loading of grain containers which will then be loaded on board ocean-going vessels in the ports of Rouen and Le Havre.

Figures:

Cargo

  • Soft wheat: 5.62 Mt
  • Barleys: 1.88 Mt
  • Others (durum wheat, corn): 0.11 Mt

Reminder of the first ten destinations:

  1. Algeria 1,570,100 t
  2. China 1,463,100 t
  3. Morocco 1,019,700 t
  4. Egypt 690,400 t
  5. Spain 612,100 t
  6. Thailand 371,400 t
  7. Bangladesh 259,000 t
  8. Tunisia 171,500 t
  9. Italy 158,600 t
  10. United Kingdom 145,200 t

About HAROPA

HAROPA, the 5th largest port complex in Northern Europe, is a joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. It is connected to every continent owing to a first-rate international shipping offer (linking 600 ports worldwide). It serves a vast hinterland whose core is in the Seine valley and the Paris region forming the biggest French consumer market area. With around 10 Normandy and Paris area partner ports, the "one-stop" hub now forms in France a global transport and logistics system, capable of providing a comprehensive end-to-end service. HAROPA handles over 120 million tons of cargo by sea and waterway each year. HAROPA business represents 160,000 jobs. 

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