Looking at the detail, 7.2 Mt of wheat and 2.6 Mt of barley were loaded. Another record is that of the total grain (cereals and oleo-protein crops) imported and exported, whose tonnage reached 10.7 Mt this year.
This excellent result can be explained by the strong competitiveness of French cereals compared to production from competing countries on the Black Sea. Likewise, the large quantities produced at the 2019 harvest and the good quality offered by the Rouen cereal hinterland made it possible to meet strong global demand.
The main destinations remain Algeria and Morocco. The good quality of the cereals and competitive prices also contributed to a resurgence of shipments to West Africa, with the highest tonnage exported to this region for 15 years (1.08 Mt). Another flagship destination to note: China, with 900,000 t exported in wheat and barley. Finally, the year stood out for its very wide variety of destinations (India, Mexico, Cuba, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc).
This season, which took place within a difficult context (national action in January and February and Covid-19 in the spring) demonstrated the solidity and reliability of the logistics chain of the French cereal sector. The commitment of everyone, from farm to ship, during this period of crisis enabled it to remain operational and exports were able to proceed smoothly with, from Rouen, volumes exceeding 1 Mt during each of the months between February and April. This reliability reinforces France’s ability to guarantee the food chain of many countries, a capacity whose importance was further emphasised during the Covid-19 crisis.
The deepening of the Port of Rouen channel, which has been operational since July 2019, has shown its relevance this year with nearly 90 large-tonnage vessels received, including the Bregaglia (photo) which loaded 59,400 tonnes in early June. Thanks to these new maritime capacities, HAROPA - Port de Rouen has confirmed its national leadership with a market share close to 50% on maritime exports of cereals in France.
Finally, agro-industrial products (animal feed, vegetable oils, malt, sugar, cocoa, bio-fuels etc) and fertilisers consolidated Rouen's position as the leading port for the food industry in France with a total of more than 3.35 Mt of imports and exports.
ABOUT HAROPA - PORT DE ROUEN