8 Advantages of Warehousing Proximity to the Port of Le Havre

Discover how warehousing close to the Port of Le Havre can transform your logistics strategy and supercharge your business success

For over two decades, Katoen Natie has strategically chosen to establish one of its locations in Le Havre for harbor logistics. This decision has been driven by the myriad of benefits that Le Havre offers to companies like Katoen Natie. In this article, we will explore the compelling reasons why being located in the harbor zone of Le Havre, with Katoen Natie at its core, is an exceptional choice:

Strategic Location with Extensive Consumer Reach

  • Le Havre serves as a strategic gateway, providing access to more than 25 million consumers within a 200-kilometer radius and an astonishing 200 million consumers within a 600-kilometer radius.
  • Its close proximity to Roissy Charles de Gaulle, Europe’s leading freight airport, presents an ideal solution for meeting the demands of international commerce.

Abundance of Skilled Logistics Workforce

  • Normandy boasts a thriving logistics workforce, encompassing 543,800 employees across various sectors. This substantial talent pool translates into low employee turnover, offering Katoen Natie the advantage of working with experienced and dedicated professionals who bring valuable expertise to its logistics operations.

Attraction for International Companies

  • An impressive statistic reveals that 45% of foreign companies choosing to establish themselves in France opt for the welcoming environment of Normandy, underscoring the appeal of Le Havre to international enterprises.

Efficient Road Transport Infrastructure

  • Le Havre boasts optimized road transport infrastructure, with 600 companies operating in the road transport sector. This extensive network facilitates efficient servicing and shipping, not only within France but also across Europe, thanks to well-maintained and efficient roadways.

Diverse Transportation Options

  • Le Havre offers a multitude of transportation options to cater to both local and international needs. Whether it’s handling full containers, freight, courier services, or mono-parcel shipments, Katoen Natie can find tailored and secure transport solutions to suit specific requirements.

Comprehensive Highway Network

  • The harbor zone benefits from access to an extensive highway network connecting key cities such as Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre, Rouen, Evreux, and Paris. This connectivity enhances logistical efficiency and facilitates the seamless flow of goods.

Premier French Logistic Hub

  • Le Havre stands as France’s foremost logistics hub, encompassing the expansive maritime area known as HAROPA, which spans more than 2.9 million square meters of warehousing space.

Port of Le Havre: A Container Giant

  • The Port of Le Havre boasts the distinction of being France’s top container port for imports, with the capacity to accommodate even the largest vessels with ease and efficiency.
  • Furthermore, it serves as Northern Europe’s initial port for imports and the final port for exports, serving as the gateway to all European harbors and providing unmatched access to global markets.

In summary, the decision to position logistics operations in Le Havre, with Katoen Natie leading the way, offers far-reaching advantages beyond its strategic location. It represents a dynamic environment where infrastructure, skilled talent, and global connectivity converge, making it the preferred choice for companies aiming to excel in the realm of logistics and international trade.

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    “We’ve really enjoyed having Deloitte at our side throughout this process. They are fully engaged in every step of the way, to make sure our ideas and requirements are realized. They also ensure that we have a lot of autonomy on the platform. They share their knowledge, rather than keeping it in-house.” Marijke De Paepe – Human Resources at Katoen Natie
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  • 19.09.23
    Warehousing Benefits Near Gdansk and Katoen Natie's Strategic Advantage

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    The decision to embark on this expansion journey was fueled by the resounding demand among customers for warehousing facilities in close proximity to the rapidly ascending Port of Gdansk. This thriving port has been at the epicenter of Poland's economic rise, with its continuous surge in transshipments. Particularly noteworthy is the exceptional dynamism in container turnover, which can be attributed to the presence of the largest DCT container terminal in the Baltic Sea. This impressive growth trajectory has not only captured the attention of businesses but has also ignited their enthusiasm to establish their warehousing operations either at the port itself or in its close proximity.  
    A Strategic Nexus for Warehousing: The Port of Gdansk
    At the heart of this expansion strategy lies the Port of Gdansk, an economic powerhouse that has been on an upward trajectory for some time now. Katoen Natie's decision to open these new warehousing sites in Kutno and Wroclaw is testament to the port's pivotal role in the region's economic landscape.
    Unrivaled Connectivity: Road, Rail, and Ocean Links for Warehousing
    One of the standout features of this development is the unparalleled connectivity that the Port of Gdansk offers, providing significant benefits for warehousing operations. With convenient road and railway transport connections seamlessly linked to the port, businesses stand to reap substantial benefits. The regular and direct ocean links that the port enjoys not only bolster international trade but also translate into tangible advantages for warehousing needs. Reduced costs for cargo transshipment, storage, and transportation are some of the key benefits that businesses can expect to harness from their proximity to this flourishing hub.
    A Future-Focused Approach to Warehousing
    Katoen Natie's investment in these new warehousing sites near the Port of Gdansk underscores their commitment to providing cutting-edge warehousing solutions that align with the demands of a rapidly evolving global economy. As the Port of Gdansk continues to rise as a significant player on the global trade stage, Katoen Natie's warehousing presence in Kutno and Wroclaw will undoubtedly serve as a critical link in the supply chains of businesses looking to leverage the port's strategic warehousing advantages. In a world where speed, efficiency, and accessibility are paramount for warehousing operations, Katoen Natie's strategic expansion near the Port of Gdansk is poised to offer a seamless and cost-effective warehousing solution to businesses looking to tap into the economic vibrancy of this thriving region.
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    Benefits of warehousing close to Fos Port
    Marseille is on the Mediterranean coast in the south of France, in the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. On a national scale, Marseille is the 2nd largest city in terms of population after Paris. Therefore, Marseille benefits from all the infrastructures present in a capital city. A particular advantage is Marseille Fos port, which is one of the Major Seaports of France. Below are several advantages of this port, along with an overview of how the 3PL Katoen Natie has strategically positioned itself just 30 kilometers away from this port.
    Strategic location on the Mediterranean coast
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    • Africa – connections between Europe and northern and western Africa
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    Transport by pipeline This system allows for the movement of bulk liquids in a secure way, notably crude or refined hydrocarbons. This modality is closely linked to the river network, as this part aims to triple the volume transported by pipeline.
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    • 2.5 million tonnes of traffic
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  • 19.09.23
    7 benefits of having a warehouse in proximity to the Port of Antwerp
    As one of Europe's premier maritime hubs, the Port of Antwerp offers a multitude of benefits that can significantly enhance your business operations. From streamlined supply chains to global market access and cost savings, we'll uncover how this strategic location can pave the way for success in the world of commerce. Join us as we delve into the remarkable benefits of warehousing near the Port of Antwerp." Here are 7 benefits of having a warehouse in proximity to the Port of Antwerp:
    1. Port Accessibility The Port of Antwerp ranks among Europe's busiest ports and serves as a pivotal hub for global trade. Situating your warehouse nearby significantly reduces shipping time and transport expenses, simplifying the movement of goods to and from the port. This strategic location empowers businesses to execute efficient import and export operations, ensuring swift responses to customer demands and market fluctuations.
    2. Streamlined Supply Chain Operations With close proximity to the port, businesses can optimize their supply chain processes. Leveraging the port's comprehensive infrastructure, including container terminals, rail links, and logistics services, becomes seamless. This closeness minimizes transit delays, decreases inventory holding costs, and enhances overall supply chain efficiency.
    3. Access to Global Markets The Port of Antwerp offers a gateway to an extensive network of global markets. Having a warehouse nearby facilitates easy connections to international suppliers and customers, broadening market reach and opportunities. It enables efficient distribution, allowing businesses to efficiently serve both domestic and international markets.
    4. Cost Efficiency Proximity to the port translates into cost savings. Lower transportation expenses, reduced transit times, and streamlined logistics operations contribute to overall cost reductions. Businesses can optimize their inventory management, reduce stock-outs, and capitalize on economies of scale by consolidating shipments and making use of the port's container handling capabilities.
    5. Flexibility and Scalability Being close to the port provides flexibility and scalability in terms of storage and distribution capabilities. Businesses can adeptly manage inventory fluctuations and respond to shifting customer demands by capitalizing on the warehouse's proximity to the port. This proximity equips them with the agility to swiftly expand or contract operations in response to market conditions, seasonal demands, or business growth.
    6. Intermodal Connectivity The Port of Antwerp boasts excellent intermodal connectivity, offering various transportation options such as rail, LTL (Less-Than-Truckload), FTL (Full-Truckload), and expedited services. This connectivity allows for the seamless integration of diverse transportation modes, ensuring efficient and cost-effective goods movement. Businesses can utilize these intermodal connections to optimize their transportation networks and enhance overall logistics efficiency.
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