Food Logistics: Seafrigo Building Warehouses in France
The company, already a major player in controlled-temperature logistics for food products, is strengthening its presence in the Normandy region of north-west France by setting up a facility located at a nearby vacant plot in the Le Havre port area.
Resurgence of Trade
As Eric Barbé, Chairman and CEO of the Seafrigo group said: “Le Havre, which enjoys a strategic geographical location for food exports and warehousing, has today some of the biggest maritime terminals in Europe. The Port of Le Havre is pleased to be able to assist in the conversion of this vacant lot for the benefit of a project that will underpin industrial, logistics and maritime activities that generate value-added services.
“Based at the heart of the port infrastructure, the Seafrigo Logistics Park provides rapid access to Rungis wholesale market. Our close partnerships with major shipping lines also enable us to ship products to all destinations leaving from and arriving at Le Havre.”
- The warehouses will cover 60,000 square metres
- The facility at Le Havre port is due to enter service in October 2021
- It is part of a wider effort to combine Le Havre, Rouen and Paris ports into one institution
This logistics facility near Le Havre’s Red Bridge will comprise two warehouses, with the construction having started in September. Each warehouse is designed for the storage of dry products and will cover an area of 30,000 square metres. Two of the terminals at Le Havre are less than fifteen years old and has meant Le Havre is now well-positioned to compete with other ports in northern Europe for trade from freight forwarders and logistic businesses.
Baptiste Maurand, CEO of HAROPA – Le Havre Port, said: “I salute this major expansion project as it now comes to fruition. I am also pleased to stand alongside AGRE in supporting SEAFRIGO – a long-standing partner of the Port – in its development at the heart of the Le Havre area. The decisiveness shown by these companies in choosing to create this new facility testifies to their confidence in our Port and the attractiveness of the Seine Axis.”
The Seine Axis is a reference to the fact Le Havre is situated on the right bank of the estuary of the river Seine, flowing out to the Channel. It is also the name given to the effort to combine the three ports of Le Havre, Rouen and Paris into one state institution under the French government.
The “dry” 60,000 square metre facility at Le Havre port is due to enter service in October 2021 and is additional to the 16,000 square metres of buildings dedicated to the already existing flows of fresh and deep-frozen products.
Biden establishes Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force
The US government is to establish a new body with the express purpose of addressing imbalances and other supply chain concerns highlighted in a review of the sector, ordered by President Joe Biden shortly after his inauguration.
The Supply Chain Disruptions Task Force will “focus on areas where a mismatch between supply and demand has been evident,” the White House said. The division will be headed up by the Secretaries of Commerce, Transportation, and Agriculture, and will focus on housing construction, transportation, agriculture and food, and semiconductors - a drastic shortage of which has hit some of the US economy’s biggest industries in consumer technology and vehicle manufacturing.
“The Task Force will bring the full capacity of the federal government to address near-term supply/demand mismatches. It will convene stakeholders to diagnose problems and surface solutions - large and small, public or private - that could help alleviate bottlenecks and supply constraints,” the White House said.
In late February, President Biden ordered a 100 day review of the supply chain across the key areas of medicine, raw materials and agriculture, the findings of which were released this week. While the COVID-19 health crisis had a deleterious effect on the nation’s supply chain, the published assessment of findings says the root cause runs much deeper. The review concludes that “decades of underinvestment”, alongside public policy choices that favour quarterly results and short-term solutions, have left the system “fragile”.
In response, the administration aims to address four key issues head on, strengthening its position in health and medicine, sustainable and alternative energy, critical mineral mining and processing, and computer chips.
Support domestic production of critical medicines
- A syndicate of public and private entities will jointly work towards manufacturing and onshoring of essential medical suppliers, beginning with a list of 50-100 “critical drugs” defined by the Food and Drug Administration.
- The consortium will be led by the Department of Health and Human Services, which will commit an initial $60m towards the development of a “novel platform technologies to increase domestic manufacturing capacity for API”.
- The aim is to increase domestic production and reduce the reliance upon global supply chains, particularly with regards to medications in short supply.
Secure an end-to-end domestic supply chain for advanced batteries
- The Department of Energy will publish a ‘National Blueprint for Lithium Batteries’, beginning a 10 year plan to "develop a domestic lithium battery supply chain that combats the climate crisis by creating good-paying clean energy jobs across America”.
- The effort will leverage billions in funding “to finance key strategic areas of development and fill deficits in the domestic supply chain capacity”.
Invest in sustainable domestic and international production and processing of critical minerals
- An interdepartmental group will be established by the Department of Interior to identify sites where critical minerals can be produced and processed within US borders. It will collaborate with businesses, states, tribal nations and stockholders to “expand sustainable, responsible critical minerals production and processing in the United States”.
- The group will also identify where regulations may need to be updated to ensure new mining and processing “meets strong standards”.
Partner with industry, allies, and partners to address semiconductor shortages
- The Department of Commerce will increase its partnership with industry to support further investment in R&D and production of semiconductor chips. The White House says its aim will be to “facilitate information flow between semiconductor producers and suppliers and end-users”, improving transparency and data sharing.
- Enhanced relationships with foreign allies, including Japan and South Korea will also be strengthened with the express proposed of increasing chip output, promoting further investment in the sector and “to promote fair semiconductor chip allocations”.