Signature of an exceptional local agreement in Le Havre

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Source: Haropa ports, 2020-03-02

On 2 March, HAROPA - Port of Le Havre and the main players in the port economy signed an agreement to recover the activity following the social movements that disrupted the transport chain during December and January.

The commercial measures decided by the port take into account the most severely impacted sectors; they are based on the principle of sharing the extra costs in a collective investment approach to create a real "recovery shock".

Container sector

The signatories agree to cover the additional storage costs of containers on Le Havre’s terminals:

- Import container storage costs1: neutralisation of storage costs for 14 days with no port activity (between 5 December 2019 and 31 January 2020), corresponding to 100 000 containers or €30 per day per container. HAROPA - Port of Le Havre is contributing to €18/container and terminal operators €12/container. This measure represents a new investment of €3m.

- Export container storage costs2: bilateral commercial measures will be proposed to shipping companies which could not have benefited from the port duty reduction measure applied on 31 January3 .

Ro-Ro sector

Measures to boost Ro-Ro activity to support the development of the port of Le Havre are being discussed with sector stakeholders.

Services to ships

The Pilotage, Towing and mooring Services have commonly decided to apply a 10% discount to any new service calling to Le Havre for the period from 1 April to 31 December 2020. This commercial measure concerns containerships and ro-ro vessels.

This arrangement will complement the initial measures announced on 5 February for shipping lines. The package allows the financial effort of the port of Le Havre to reach more than €6m and thus sends a strong signal of collective mobilisation aimed at companies in the international transport chain.


(1) responsibility of freight forwarders and importers.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

(2) responsibility of shipowners.

(3) particularly shipowners who load their containers onto third-party vessels, as part of maritime alliances.

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