Paris | Reuters –– An unusually large cargo of Canadian wheat was due to unload at Rouen, northern France, this week, port data showed on Thursday, adding to evidence that buyers are being forced to offset lower quality grain from this year’s French harvest.
France usually imports small amounts of high-quality Canadian wheat — used by some millers to blend with domestic wheat — but the wettest summer since 1959 has left much of the French crop below normal standards for flour-making.
This week’s 22,000-tonne cargo would be the largest direct import of Canadian wheat in at least 14 seasons for which Reuters has records, exceeding a previous high of 2,900 tonnes in 2003-04. The ship carrying the wheat arrived at Rouen on Tuesday and was still docked on Thursday, port data showed.
France also imported two 3,500-tonne cargoes of Canadian wheat this month, shipped via Rotterdam, port sources said.
Traders have also imported wheat at the start of the 2014/15 season from Germany and the Baltic states, and French export prospects in markets such as Algeria have been dented.
— Reporting for Reuters by Valerie Parent, writing by Gus Trompiz.