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25th september 2018


Each year, ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine exports about 5,300 containers from its production sites in northern and eastern France to Asia, America and Africa.

Since 15 June, half of these volumes, especially those destined for India and China, are now managed outbound from Dunkerque instead of Antwerp (Belgium).

In recent months, negotiations with all the port stakeholders, and more particularly with the representatives of the shipping lines calling at Dunkerque-Port, had made this logistics choice economically relevant.

The new transport organization also has a positive impact on the environment since it will promote the use of short logistic circuits and gives priority to the use of a mass-scale overland pre-carriage of the cargo.

ArcelorMittal Logistics ensures the transit of the goods for export while the Scheldt Terminal Company (STE) takes care of the packing of the steel coils in the COSCO, OOCL and CMA CGM containers at the Flanders Terminal.

The computer monitoring of each coil throughout the different phases of manufacturing, packaging, packing and shipping, allows ArcelorMittal's end customers (car manufacturers, packaging companies, industry), to follow the preparation and the routing of the products live.

The switchover of other traffic flows (Africa, America) will become effective in a second phase.

"Beyond the positive impact for the environment, we wanted to use a French port for the export of our reels in containers," said Dominique Pair, head of the ArcelorMittal site in Dunkerque. "We have managed to ensure that this choice is economically viable, thanks to the work done with all the economic operators of the port of Dunkerque. The first phase has been launched with 50% of the volumes, and will be continued for other destinations in 2019."  

Stéphane Raison, President of the Executive Board of Dunkerque-Port, welcomed the news: "ArcelorMittal is an essential partner of the Dunkerque-Port and we are honoured that the Group has decided to effectively integrate our port into the downstream logistics of these containerized flows. This operation perfectly illustrates the collaborative partnership between the customer and the various terminal operators of Dunkerque".

About ArcelorMittal:
ArcelorMittal is the world leader in steel and mining, with 197,000 employees, a presence in 60 countries and an industrial footprint in 18 countries. Guided by the wish to produce safe and sustainable steel, we are the leading supplier of quality steel to the world's major steel markets, including the automotive, construction, household appliance and packaging industries, supported by a department of world-class research and development and excellent distribution networks. In 2017, ArcelorMittal posted a turnover of $ 68.7 billion for a crude steel production of 93.1 million tonnes, with its own iron ore production of 57.4 million tonnes.
In France, ArcelorMittal has 15,840 employees, including nearly 800 researchers, spread over its 40 production sites, distribution and service centers and three R&D sites. ArcelorMittal produced 11 million tons of liquid steel in 2017 in France. France accounts for 32% of ArcelorMittal's flat steel production in Europe.
ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine is ArcelorMittal's main cluster in France and Europe with 7,000 employees and nearly 7 million tonnes of steel produced per year. The 7 factories of ArcelorMittal Atlantique and Lorraine produce flat steels for automotive, packaging and general industry customers in France and Europe.

About Dunkerque-Port:
The largest French port complex (Calais-Dunkerque); the ninth largest port on the Channel and North Sea Range and France's third-largest port, Dunkerque-Port has built a reputation in many sectors: it is the largest passenger port in Europe (Calais-Dunkerque hub); France's largest energy hub; the country's largest LNG terminal; the leading French port for containerised fruit and vegetable imports; the largest French port for ore and coal imports; France's largest rail port; the region's largest waterway port; and the third-ranking French port for grain traffic. Dunkerque-Port is also a sustainable port. It is the trading port of the new Hauts-de-France Region, the largest agricultural region of France, the leading region for the rail industry, and the leading region for the car industry. 2017 Traffic: 50.4 Mt

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