The port of Dunkirk is now handling steel coil exports for India and China on behalf of Arcelor Mittal Atlantique et Lorraine
Arcelor Mittal Atlantique et Lorraine (AMAL) ships around 5,300 TEU of containers with steel coils to destinations in Asia, America and Africa every year. Around half of this traffic, destined mainly for India and China, has now been switched from Antwerp, the traditional export port for Arcelor Mittal, to Dunkirk.
Dunkirk provides a shorter logistics chain and is convenient for rail shipments from the mills. In Dunkirk, the coils are loaded into shipping containers for OOCL, COSCO or CMA CGM by Société du Terminal de l’Escaut (STE) and then shipped from the Terminal de Flandres container terminal.
Each coil is tagged from departure from the mill so the customers in the automotive industry and other industry sectors can track them on line throughout the shipping process.
"As well as the positive impact on the environment, we wanted to use a French port for our containerised coil shipments," said Dominique Pair, Plant Manager at ArcelorMittal in Dunkirk.
Pair added that the plan is to transfer the exports for America and Africa to Dunkirk from Antwerp next year.