Haropa Ports sees double digit maritime trade with India

HAROPA is positioned as a major maritime hub in Europe, equipped with a competitive and sustainable logistics system. Photo HAROPA

By Joseph R. Fonseca

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.

"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 India.

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.

Haropa 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 India

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.

The visiting 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.

Feb 27, 2017

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