MUMBAI: The Multi City Road Show organized by HAROPA Ports’ Senior delegation led by Mr. Herve Martel, CEO - Port of Le Havre & President - HAROPA Ports including Mr. Herve Cornede - Director, Commercial & Marketing, HAROPA Ports, Ms Laurence Coredo, Director-French Customs and Mr. Jean Edouard Nicolet, Vice President-SOGET visited Mumbai on 23rd February 2017 at Taj Mahal to improve economic ties between Ports of India and HAROPA. Before Mumbai, the delegation also visited Delhi, Chennai and Ahmedabad as part of Road Show, which received an overwhelming response from Indian counterparts.
Capt Avinash Batra, Chairman - Seahorse Ship Agencies, which represents HAROPA in India provided the welcome & Introductory address and Capt. Ram Iyer of Seahorse moderated this event in Mumbai.
The Mumbai event was also graced by DG Shipping, Dr. (Smt) Malini Shankar, IAS, Deputy Chairman, JNPT - Mr Neeraj Bansal, IRS, and the French Consul General in Mumbai Mr Yves Perrin, esteemed trading partners of HAROPA Ports, members and stakeholders from entire maritime, trade, Shipping and Logistics fraternity.
Capt Avinash Batra, Chairman - Seahorse Ship Agencies during his brief interaction with the press welcomed and thanked all for their gracious presence and was delightful to announce that Chief Executive Officer of HAROPA Ports was himself present during the road shows in India for the very first time, which shows the strong commitment from HAROPA Ports assigned to the growing trading ties between the Ports of HAROPA and India.
He briefly outlined the positive changes in HAROPA Ports during last year. He also pointed out that HAROPA Port complex caters to the second largest consumption centre in Europe, with port calls from almost all the leading Shipping Lines. He also dwelled upon the customer friendly and immensely supportive French Customs procedures that enables significant productivity benefits for the Maritime and Logistics trade and ensures cargo clearance in very minimal time thereby reducing the operational cost for the trade. Ports of HAROPA have developed a new Generation Port Community System as a part of their strategic management system, which he feels that India needs to adopt in Indian Ports for improving the overall operational efficiencies and to reduce transaction cost.
Mr. Herve Martel, CEO - Port of Le Havre & President - HAROPA Ports in his comment said that though it is his first visit to India but not the last one for sure as India and HAROPA are crucial trading partners. Needless to mention, India is one of the fastest growing economy in the world and hence 38 out of top 40 French companies already have their strong presence here, he added.
Speaking about the positive changes during recent times, he said that the trading ties between Ports of HAROPA and India has increased significantly when compared to other countries. He said that cargo traffic movement between Ports of HAROPA and India grew by almost 7 % during last year and was optimistic about this reaching the double digits mark soon.
He emphasized that the success of their Port can be attributed to their successful “S-One –“Next Gen Single Window Port Community Systems from SOGET and IT system which plays a critical role in creating a seamless ecosystem for their Port community.
In terms of traffic handled, he said, being the largest French Port with 87.1 million tonnes of sea traffic and more than 20.2 million tonnes of river traffic in 2016, HAROPA is ranked as the 5th biggest North-European Port complex and is positioned as a major maritime hub in Europe, equipped with a most competitive and sustainable logistics system.
Regarding the responses they received in India, Mr. Martel said that, he was overwhelmed with the kind of response they received from leading Indian Port, Major Shipping Lines, Indian trade and also the Senior Government Functionaries etc and hoped to build upon this positive momentum going forward as well.
The roadshow 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 logistics gateway for exports to Europe, as well as their preferred transhipment hub for exports to Africa and the US, Mr Martel further added.
Mr Hervé Cornede, Director, Commercial and Marketing - HAROPA, highlighted the excellent multimodal connections of this large and dynamic port complex that caters to all types of cargo, which has consistently grown over the years. Located close to the most important European consumer market i.e. France and directly linked to the UK, HAROPA offers the most competitive edge with connectivity to 600 Ports served by close to 60 leading Shipping Lines.
Ms Laurence Coredo, Director, French Customs pointed out that French Customs facilitates paperless, seamless transactions and therefore the fast clearance of cargo reduces the transaction cost as well as time. She said that French Customs would be more than happy to collaborate with Indian Partners in developing a robust system that ensures faster clearance of cargo.
Mr Jean Edouard Nicolet, Vice-President, SOGET – the World leaders in Port Community Systems highlighted the turnkey solutions combined with technological excellence and proven track record in implementation methodology, bringing fluidity in port and airport communities that can lead the Ports worldwide in reducing the transaction cost and time required in clearance of Cargo movement thereby improving the overall operational efficiency of any ports.
Some prominent users of HAROPA such as CMA CGM, MSC, Bollore Logistics India, Allcargo and Reliance Industries spoke at the event about their own positive experience with the port complex.
Earlier during the Road Show in Mumbai, The French delegation also visited Jawaharlal Nehru Port and held discussions with the Chairman and Deputy Chairman and other senior officials of JNPT, JNCH and CISF with a view to enhance cooperation and facilitate trade growth between JNPT and HAROPA Ports.
Druing the Delhi Road Show, the delegation held an interactive meeting with senior officials of Indian Ports Association and gave a commitment to share the excellent practices at HAROPA that facilitate seamless export-import logistics to ensure ease of doing business. In Chennai,
Mr P. Raveendran, Chairman, Chennai Port Trust and Mr M. A. Bhaskarachar, CMD, Kamarajar Port, graced the event with French Delegation.
HAROPA, the gateway to Europe, has the potential to make Indian exports more competitive in the international market.
Bilateral trade between India and Europe and India and France, estimated at about € 9 billion, is well below potential, it was pointed out.
It is also the key logistics hub in France, with 2.7 million sq. m of warehouses in operation, warehousing surface and land reserves available at very competitive rates and has multimodal connected logistics warehouses. Besides, HAROPA is the leading French platform for temperature-controlled goods as well.
HAROPA is represented in India by Seahorse Ship Agencies Pvt. Ltd.