French Ports Hope to Attact More Chinese Ships to Dock in France
During his visit in Yantian Harbor in Shenzhen, Thierry Mariani the French Minister for Transport said that French ports are seeking more cooperation with ports in Shenzhen in hopes of attracting more Chinese ships to stop in France.
Mariani said that Yantian Harbor is large and has a daily container volume bigger than many ports in Europe. Even if France already cooperates with Yantian Terminal in several aspects, he hopes that they can do more since there are many complementary aspects that can be found between Yantian ports and French ports.
Ships coming from China or parts of Asia currently stop at North European ports that bypass France to pick up French cargo before proceeding to China. By cooperating more directly, Mariani hopes that more ships will choose to stop at French ports after several reforms such as service and quality have been made. Today French ports are doing business with more than ten ports in China, with 34 ships going back and forth between Europe and China every week with ten ships stopping in France.
Ports in Shenzhen and Hong Kong have the greatest amount of business dealing with French ports, which gives high hopes to future cooperation.