Port of Le Havre
17 September 2019

France’s ambition for logistics

On a visit to Aulnay-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis), the Prime Minister presented the Government’s ambition for logistics, which is based in particular on new organisation between businesses, the State and various partners.
 
This ambition has been drawn up on the basis of the report Towards a more competitive logistics chain that supports businesses and sustainable development, that was submitted on 16 September 2019 by Eric Hémar (CEO, ID Logistics Group) and Patrick Daher (CEO, Daher Group), both well-known in the world of logistics and commissioned by the Government to make recommendations for improving the competitiveness of the logistics chain in France.

The logistics sector represents 10% of French GDP and 1.8 million jobs. France has four major international gateways: Le Havre, Marseille, Dunkirk and Roissy. Logistics is a strategic sector for France.

In order to improve its competitiveness, the Prime Minister has announced the creation of France Logistique, which is opening up a new method of organisation between businesses (carriers, logistics specialists, shippers), the State and partners (sectors, regions). An inter-ministerial logistics committee will meet annually.

Several key measures were also presented aimed at making France a strategic logistics hub and without delay:
  • A single point of contact at the borders will be set up, incorporating customs, veterinary and plant health services and the General Directorate for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF). Two ports will test this system from 2020: Le Havre and Dunkirk.
  • Further simplification of procedures for setting up logistics warehouses will be effective by early 2020.
  • A digital logistics platform will be put in place in 2020.
  • A reform of the taxation of industrial premises will be carried out on the basis of a report submitted to Parliament on 1st April 2020.