19.09.23

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 the site Radicatel 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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