Ideally located close to the city of Lille, at the centre of the Paris - London - Brussels triangle and at the heart of a market of more than a hundred million consumers, The Port of Dunkerque offers an ideal geographical location for the development of logistics and distribution activities within its port area which has excellent road and rail networks connections.
The port's pro-active policy of developing logistics and distribution activities is supported by vast land reserves close to the Ro-Ro and container terminal in the Western Port.
More than 100,000 m of warehouses are already in activity on the site.
The following companies have developed their businesses in this area:
- DUNFROST : A 1.400.000 cu.ft. refrigerated warehouse
- DUNFRESH (26.000 m) and BANALLIANCE (5.000 m) : Controlled temperature warehouses dedicated to fruit and vegetable logistics
- MAERSK ENTREPOTS : Two 10.000 m warehouses (toys, paper, textiles)
- MGF Logistique : A 20.000 m logistics warehouse (mineral water and household appliances)
- OMKA : A 10.000 m storage warehouse for canned fish imported by the Omka company
Logistical developments are in progress on this particularly well located area.
FONCIERE EUROPE LOGISTIQUE has decided to build two rail-connected warehouses of 20.000 m (215.000 sq. ft.). The first one has been inaugurated on November 14th, 2008.
This zone, where 5 ha. (12 acres) are still available, has been complemented by a new 190 ha. (470 acres) area named "Dunkerque Logistique International", of which the first 60 ha. (148 acres) are in the process of development. This new logistical park is connected to the rail network and is suitable for extremely large warehouses.
DAILYFRESH Logistics is building a 6.000 m (65.000 sq. ft.) warehouse (with an extension up to 18.000 m (194.000 sq. ft.) and TAILLIEU LOGISTIQUE NORD (TLN), will be developing there 15.000 m (161.500 sq. ft.) in three steps. The first one (3.100 m - 33.400 sq. ft.) is operating since the end of 2007.
Dunkirk has all the facilities to accomodate logistical activities
- The warehouses are located right next to the sea terminals (containers and Ro-Ro).
- Dunkirk's geographical location is ideal for supplying London and Southeast of Great Britain. Benelux and Northeastern France.
- Dunkirk has become a major centre for the distribution of fruits and other goods imported by sea for re-export to Great Britain.
- Throughout Dunkirk's logistical areas, all work inside the warehouses is performed by the warehouse operators' own workforce.
- The Western Port already has logistical warehouses totalling in excess of 100.000 m (1.100.000 sq. ft.).
Overland access: all modes of transport
The Port of Dunkirk is directly connected to the European motorways network through the two interchanges A25-E42 and A16-E40. A25-E42 leads to the South and Southeast via Lille and Paris via the A1 motorway A16-E40 leads to Brussels, Luik and Germany, and via E16-E19 to Ghent, Antwerp and Rotterdam A16-E40 leads to Belgium and to the Channel Tunnel
The Dunkirk - Valenciennes canal accomodates convoys of 1,350-ton (3,600 dwt) barges and inland/sea-going barges feeding the Nord-Pas-De-Calais region. It connects to the Belgian and European canal networks for barges up to 1,350 tons, and to the Paris region for barges up to 600 tons. Dunkirk offers several possibilities for container transport by river barges to and from the inland ports of Lille, Bethune, Dourges and Valenciennes.
The rail network links Dunkirk to the Paris region, to eastern France and to the Belgian, German, Swiss and Italian rail networks.
One of the biggest port Industrial development area in Europe
The port has 3,000 hectares (7,400 acres) of prime sites by the sea available for immediate development and abundant and diversified energy sources (oil and petroleum products, gas, coal, nuclear and wind power).
Activities in the industrial area employ about 20,000 people in steel, petroleum products, chemicals, food stuffs and repair