In a bid to boost the maritime container trade between the French ports of HAROPA (Le Havre, Rouen, Paris) and Indian ports, a power-packed delegation is visiting India from February 20-23, 2017 to hold roadshows in four cities across the country.
During the visit, the delegation, led by Mr Herve Martel, CEO, Port of Le Havre and President, HAROPA will meet customers, trading partners, key port authorities and officials to scout for new prospects and opportunities. The delegation will also meet senior government officials to exchange information on various maritime issues with a view to further enhance Indo-French maritime ties.
The roadshows will take place on February 20 in New Delhi, February 21 in Chennai, February 22 in Ahmedabad and conclude in Mumbai on February 23.
“During 2015-16, India’s transhipment at HAROPA increased by over 39 per cent over the previous year. Maritime traffic between the Indian Subcontinent and HAROPA continues to grow over 5 per cent, with a significant growth of 7 per cent with Indian ports (2015 vs 2016). All indicators are encouraging and positive for a continuous and prosperous trade relationship between India and France,” said Mr Martel.
HAROPA, the 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 € 9 billion, well below potential.
“The objective of the roadshows is to reach out to the Indian trade and gather their inputs to better facilitate transit of cargo through a simple, yet rapid, secure, easily accessible and low-cost Customs clearance at HAROPA,” said Capt. Avinash Batra, India Representative, HAROPA and also Chairman of Seahorse Ship Agencies.
The HAROPA alliance, created in 2012, is a joint venture between the French ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. Ranked the 5th biggest North European port, 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 requisite facilities and directly linked to the UK, HAROPA offers a competitive edge with connectivity to 600 ports served by 60 shipping lines, the release highlighted.