France-based Haropa port expects maritime
trade with India to grow at double digit this calendar year after having reported
7% growth in 2016, said Herve Martel, , CEO - Port of Le Havre & President-
HAROPA ports, says a release.
We have received
encouraging response from the Indian policy makers as also from port, shipping
lines & Indian trade during our four day visit to India and we hope to
build upon this momentum with increasing French investments taking place in
India, Martel said at the concluding leg of the multi city road show that took
place in Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and finally in Mumbai. There are over 1,000
French subsidiaries, including Sanofi, Arkema, Dassault, Alstom, Total etc, in
The road show has
evinced substantial interest with top business conglomerates from India
including Maruti Suzuki, Reliance, Arvind, Jubilant and AIA Engineering among
others interacting with the French port delegation to make it their Logistic
Gateway for exports to Europe, as well as their preferred transshipment hub for
their exports to Africa & US, Martel said.
ports with its "S- One-"Next Gen Single Window Port
Community systems from M/s SOGET and ably complemented by French customs has
enabled productivity gains for entire logistics community and ensured fluidity
along the entire supply chain to ensure clearance of cargo in less than five
minutes, thereby bringing down the operational cost for the trade- said Capt
Avinash Batra- Chairman Seahorse ship agencies who represent HAROPA Ports in
A host of
dignitaries including Ms Malini Shankar (Director General of
Shipping), Shri Neeraj Bansal (Dy Chairman JNPT), Mr.Yves Perrin (
French Consul General -Mumbai) graced the event in Mumbai, along
with senior members & stakeholders encompassing the entire Maritime, Trade,
Shipping & Logistics fraternity.
delegation also visited Jawaharlal Nehru Port in Nhava Sheva and
held discussions with Chairman JNPT, Dy Chairman JNPT and other senior
officials at JNPT, JNCH & CISF with a view to enhance
cooperation and facilitate trade growth between JNPT & HAROPA
ports and also exchange best practices and solutions to ensure "effective
ease of doing business"
In Delhi the
delegation held interactive meeting with senior officials in Indian Ports Association
and have committed to share the excellent practices at Haropa that facilitates
seamless exim logistics to ensure ease of doing business. In Chennai, Mr.
P.Raveendran (Chairman Chennai Port Trust) & Mr Bhaskarachar (CMD-
Kamarajar Port) graced the event.
Gateway to Europe has the potential to make Indian exports more competitive in
the international market, with the bilateral trade between India and Europe and
India and France being estimated at about Euro 9 billion, well below potential.
alliance created in 2012 is a joint venture between the French ports of Le
Havre, Rouen and Paris. Ranked as the 5th biggest North-European port complex ,
HAROPA is positioned as a major maritime hub in Europe, equipped with a
competitive and sustainable logistics system.
Located close to
the most important European consumer market with facilities and directly linked
to the UK, HAROPA offers competitive edge with connectivity with 600 ports
served by 60 shipping lines.