Port of Le Havre
The Port of Le Havre is the third largest port in France, after Marseille and Dunkirk. It is located on the English Channel in the commune of Le Havre, in the Seine-Maritime department of Normandy. The major towns near Le Havre Port are Le Havre, Rouen, Calais, Boulogne-sur-Mer, and Dunkirk. The port has a long history dating back to the Roman era and was an important strategic point during the Hundred Years’ War and the Napoleonic Wars. The port covers an area of 2,000 hectares and comprises three main sections: the inner harbor, the outer harbor, and the Bassin du Commerce. The inner harbor is the busiest and most important part of the port and is where most of the shipping traffic is concentrated. The outer harbor is used for smaller vessels and recreational boating, while the Bassin du Commerce is a large artificial basin that was created in the 19th century to accommodate the growing number of ships using the port. Many ferry routes serve the port of Le Havre to destinations in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It is also connected to the French canal system, which allows for the passage of larger vessels. The port handles a wide variety of cargo, including containers, oil, coal, grains, and livestock.
In order to ship goods to or from Le Havre, businesses need to consider the following export/import requirements:
- All businesses must have a valid export/import license from the French government.
- All businesses must have a valid Customs ID number.
- All businesses must register with the local Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
- All businesses must have a valid business registration certificate from the French Trade and Companies Registry.
- All businesses must have a valid physical address in France.
- All businesses must have a French bank account.
- All businesses must comply with French labor laws and regulations.
- All businesses must comply with French environmental laws and regulations.
- All businesses must have liability insurance.
- All businesses must comply with the French Consumer Code.
AddressTerre-Plein de la Barre B.P. 1413 Le Havre, Cedex 76067 France
Port AuthorityPort Authority of Le Havre
Phone33 2 32 74 74 00
Fax33 2 32 74 74 29
Coordinates49º 29′ 9” N, 0º 6′ 25” E
Port TypeDeepwater Seaport
Mean tide7 feet
Channel51 – 55 feet 15.5 – 16 meters
Cargo Pier16 – 20 feet 4.9 – 6.1 meters
Anchorage36 – 40 feet 11 – 12.2 meters
Oil Terminal46 – 50 feet 14 – 15.2 meters
Max Vessel SizeOver 500 feet in length
Harbor TypeRiver Tide Gate
0-24 Ton Lifts
25-49 Ton Lifts
50-100 Ton Lifts
100+ Ton Lifts
and Highly reliable
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