PARIS, FRANCE — French soft wheat shipments to outside the EU dropped to the lowest level for July in at least a decade, Reuters reported.
Soft wheat exports to non-EU destinations totaled 432,000 tonnes in July, which is the first month of the 2020-21 season. France exported a record amount of soft wheat in the 2019-20 season.
This July’s total was 216,000 tonnes less than a year ago and was the lowest July since 2009-10.
Barley shipments surpassed wheat in July with a total of 480,000 tonnes shipped outside of the EU. The total included 336,000 tonnes of feed barley and 111,000 tonne of malt barley shipments to China, Reuters said.
China was the primary destination for French exports in July with an all grains total of 541,500 tonnes.
July is typically a quiet period for French wheat exports as traders wait for the new harvest to come in. The start of 2020-21 is expected to be particularly slow as France is set for one of its smallest crops in years.