Caen-Ouistreham and Cherbourg commercial ports are two hubs via which cargoes of varying types and origins pass in transit.

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The Port of Caen-Ouistreham

is fitted with functional terminals located on the Canal stretching from Caen to the sea, and intended to welcome cargo traffic.

Wood: specificity of the Port of Caen which ranks in 4th position among French ports for import. It is also one of the leading importers of exotic wood, essentially from Brazil.  This wood trade plays a key role in Lower Normandy's wood industry.

Scrap metal: mainly for export to Southern Europe and North Africa.  

Cereals and fertilisers: at the heart of the agrifood industry, this category of traffic represents a sizeable volume for the port of Caen-Ouistreham.

The Port of Cherbourg

This deep-water port, welcoming 13-metre draught ships, requires facilities and conditions capable of facilitating cargo traffic.

Multibulk and aggregates: Materials such as sand and gravel from local quarries are transported via the commercial port. They are, first and foremost, intended for export to the United Kingdom.

Hazardous goods: are regularly transported, although in lesser quantities. They are also one of the Port of Cherbourg's specificities.

Scrap metal: essentially intended for export, scrap metal, which falls into the conventional cargo category, is perceptibly increasing in the Port of Cherbourg.

Last update: 16/10/2018