Le Havre, SOGET enter agreement with OAS
The Port of Le Havre and its port community system operator SOGET signed a technical agreement with the Organization of American States and Inter-American Committee on Ports in Washington Tuesday.
The agreement will provide cooperation in four initial areas: training, technical assistance on logistics, events cooperation and exchange of information, with an emphasis on South American and Caribbean ports.
Jacques Ritt, SOGET chief executive officer, told American Shipper in an interview that the port community system in Le Havre may be easily replicated by other ports, especially those in developing countries, to help them meet increasing demands for shipping and regulatory efficiencies. 'They're important to us because they're also customers to the Port of Le Havre,' he said.
SOGET is already active in Peru and several Caribbean countries, Ritt said.
Pierre-Yves Collardey, commercial director for the Port of Le Havre, said SOGET has been effective at improving the shipping industry's interaction with customs authorities. 'Through this system, customs has more time to work through the details,' he said. 'Without this tool, they would be less effective.'