The steel and mining giant, Arcelor Mittal, has chosen the French port of Dunkirk for exporting its containerised products. Every year, Arcelor Mittal Atlantique and Lorraine exports about 5,300 containers from its production sites in northern and eastern France to Asia, America and Africa.
From 15 June, half of these volumes, especially those destined for India and China, have been flowing through Dunkirk instead of Antwerp (Belgium). The Scheldt Terminal Company (STE) is in charge of stuffing the steel coils into the containers of Cosco, OOCL and CMA CGM at the Flanders terminal.
Each coil is monitored from factory floor to shipping stage so Arcelor Mittal's end customers receive information about the goods' preparation and routing in real time.
Arcelor Mittal will switch over other traffic flows (Africa, America) in a second phase. The first phase began with 50% of the volumes, and will be continued for other destinations in 2019.