HAROPA, the leading port worldwide for wine and spirits, attends the Hong Kong Wine and Spirits Fair

With more than one billion bottles operated in 2015, HAROPA is the N° 1 world port complex for wines and spirits. In order to promote its supply of dedicated services, it participates into the 9th edition of the Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Fair organised from November 10th to November 12th, next.

More than one billion bottles of wine and spirits transited through HAROPA in 2015: 90% of them for exports and 10% for imports. A trade that has posted a growth rate of 30% since 2010.

TOP 3…

o    Countries importing wine and spirits (in tonnage):

  • The US with 432 869 tonnes
  • China with 133 007 tonnes
  • Japan with 111 735 tonnes

o    2015 wines and spirits trade (imports and exports) – HAROPA – Port of Le Havre:

  • Wine: 324 785 000 bottles
  • Champagne: 104 057 000 bottles
  • Alcoholic beverages > 40°: 285 302 500 bottles



As the first north-west European port of call on import and the last port of call on export, HAROPA provides competitive transit times, thus reducing the availability lead-times for goods.


HAROPA - Port of Le Havre is one of the few ports on the north-European range to be able to accommodate containerships of more than 19 000 TEU fully laden, 24/7 and all year through, with no tidal constraint. In 2015, 2,500 container vessels were recorded, 400 of which have a capacity of more than 10,000 TEU, that is a sea giant vessel per day and less than 1 h 30 between pilot on board in the roads and the beginning of the handling operations. 


o    Specialized freight forwarders
o    Leading logisticians and their value-added services:

  • 52 warehouses dedicated to supply chain logistics for wine and spirits
  • Bottle management from the container to the pallet
  • Transport in sealed containers and storage under controlled temperature
  • Reefer containers and dedicated services (repair, maintenance) available

o    Customs and tax facilities on:

  • VAT exemption: automatic and instant return of proof-of-export documents
  • “Aubette” computer system: ensures the traceability and authenticity of exports of wines and spirits to China

Imports: improved cash flow: VAT exemption


HAROPA has set up a transport network by rail, river, road and sea allowing it to be close to the main wine and vine production and consumer markets.

o    The river offer

  • 40 weekly river services;
  • 7 combined transport operators;
  • 13 river platforms located on the Seine corridor and in the Paris region.

o    The rail offer

  • 60 weekly rail services;
  • 5 combined transport operators;
  • 15 destinations in Europe including the major wine-growing and producing regions connected to HAROPA.

o    The short-sea offer

  • 130 ports connected in 40 countries;
  • 20 shipping companies.

o    The road offer

  • Fluid cargo transit and no congestion in the port;
  •  Free traffic flow and no road congestion.

To find more information about HAROPA, N° 1 world port complex for wines and spirits: Click here


HAROPA, the 5th largest port complex in Northern Europe, is a joint venture between the ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris. It is connected to every continent owing to a first-rate international shipping offer (linking 600 ports worldwide). It serves a vast hinterland whose core is in the Seine valley and the Paris region forming the biggest French consumer market area. With around 10 Normandy and Paris area partner ports, the "one-stop" hub now forms in France a global transport and logistics system, capable of providing a comprehensive end-to-end service. HAROPA handles over 120 million tons of cargo by sea and waterway each year. HAROPA business represents 160,000 jobs.

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