Created in 1948, the Port of Lille became in a few decades an extremely important actor in the regional planning and logistics.
It consists of a network of harbour platforms spread over the zone of Lille Metropole, and even beyond for some of them. These ports are all multi-modal, which means that they have at least two means of transport (canal/route), and the most important ones are tri-modal (canal/rail/route).
These sites propose a variety of services, such as: land space renting, office renting, warehouses, workshops, logistic services (handling, storage, management of stocks, order preparations), handling, storage, and transport of maritime containers by river barges, management of flows related to the added value, among others.
For its clients, the Port of Lille is not only a harbour authority in charge of making the infrastructure and the equipment of the port available, but also an operator, managing its own traffics with its own personnel in order to produce its own resources. This characteristic, linked to its consular status, keeps the port closer to the enterprises with which it shares the same concerns for performance and the same competitive requirements.
As an external service of the Trade and Industry Chamber of Lille Metropole, the Port of Lille is ranked as the 3rd inner harbour in France behind Paris and Strasbourg. The Port presents itself as a multi-site and multi-function unit located at the heart of a Euro-oriented region. Focused on international trade, it offers a wide array of services to companies, such as logistics, multimodal transport, and the establishment of activities on sites with high potential.
Installation of Activity Zones
The Port of Lille has renting surfaces in strategic locations in Lille Metropole. And, in order to let client companies focus on their core business, the port takes on all aspects of security (site guarding), maintenance of the parks, the roadway system, etc.
Through partnerships with large-scale international companies (Unilever, Roquette, Heineken, Evian, Volvic, Tereos), the Port of Lille has become a specialist in logistics.
With 224,000 m2 of warehouses, a high-performance material and a qualified, trained personnel concerned about the quality of the service offered, the port is able to ensure services from very basic ones to very complex and accurate ones (preparation of multi-referenced orders by picking, copacking etc…).
The computerized management of stocks is done with particular care, in order to guarantee their perfect traceability and achieve communication in real time.
Containers and multimodal transport
The container became the key of international transport. Because of this, in 1990 the Port of Lille created a first specialized tri-modal terminal, which is accessible either by water, by train or by road. L.C.T (Lille Containers Terminal) is today one of the most important inner harbours of France.
Extending on more than 10 hectares, LCT has a quay of 300 meters which is about to be doubled. The 6 railway connections represent 2,200 meters of railways and are directly connected to the highway network.
Regular waterway connections connect LCT to the principal container ports of the North Sea: Dunkirk (NCS connections), Zeebrugge (2 departures per week), Antwerp (6 departures per week) and Rotterdam (3 departures per week).
The reliability, flexibility and economic competitiveness of these connections have already convinced many operators and chargers (Auchan, Castorama, 3 Suisses, Grandes Malteries Modernes, Roquette, Cerestar and major sea-shipping companies).
The Port of Lille offers a door-to-door service, combining waterway transport, the handling operations by L.C.T, and the pre and or post-routing road transport. This way, customers, who might be the army, maritime companies, agents, forwarding agents, conveyors or direct chargers, just have one contact point, which is responsible for the whole process.
Since 2003, the same range of services is available on the terminals of Halluin, Harnes and Delta 3.