Le Havre sees Asia as a key trade area

PUBLISHED : Friday, 14 May, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 14 May, 1993, 12:00am

ASIA, which accounts for 27 per cent of industrial production worldwide, is expected to become the leading economic zone of the globe by 2000, according to a French report.

The report, published by France's National Statistical and Economic Studies Institute (INSEE), says development trends shows that Japan, South Korea, Hongkong and Singapore were set to gain almost five points over 1988 in their share of the world's industrial production.

According to Flashes, a publication of the Port of Le Havre, Asia is one of the port's leading trading partners, accounting for more than 20 per cent of its total container traffic.

A delegation from the port and the port community recently spent a few weeks in Asia four countries where they made numerous contacts at different levels of official, commercial, industrial and logistic operations, as well as with distributors and the media.

The publication claimed that it was felt everywhere that Le Havre would be regarded as a base port in Europe and as an obligatory port of call.

The owners had also praised the port on the efficiency of its information channels which informed the authorities in the shortest possible time of the beginning and end of each period of any trouble or problem in the port, it said.