Overview

Located along the Straits of Dover, the Calais area boasts a superb location in the north-west of Europe. Its geographical situation, which opens eastwards to the Benelux and northwards to Great Britain places it right at the centre of the major movement of goods and passengers between the UK and the continent. It also enjoys a central position along the Opal Coast (Côte d’Opale), midway between the towns of Boulogne-sur-Mer and Dunkirk.

Location 

  • under 90min by TGV (high speed train) from 3 European capitals: Brussels, London and Paris;
  • the main entry point to the UK, located around 30km from the south coast of England;
  • a high concentration of different transport infrastructures: ferries, railways, motorways; 
  • shipping and ferry services from Continental Europe’s number one port for links with Great Britain;
  • a rail link with the UK via the Channel Tunnel.

Population

  • 104,926 inhabitants
  • a relatively young population with 27% people below 20 years of age

 

Composition of the Calais area, Grand Calais Terres & Mers

a catchment area comprising 10 communities:

  • Calais, the largest in the Pas-de-Calais département in terms of number of inhabitants (76,402),
  • Coulogne, Coquelles, Escalles, Fréthun, Hames-Boucres, Les Attaques, Marck, Nielles-lès-Calais and Sangatte 

    .

Goods and passenger traffic

a high and unique concentration of goods and passenger traffic as a result of cross-Channel activities between Calais and the UK.

  • Channel Tunnel:

1.6 million lorries
2.6 million cars
20 million travellers, of whom 10 million travel via Eurostar
(2016 figures – source: Eurotunnel)

  • Port:

1.9 million lorries
1.5 million cars
9 million passengers
(2016 figures – source: Port of Calais)

 

Economy

8,266 businesses

Main businesses based in Calais and its area

  • GETLINK - rail transport - 1,495 employees
  • S.N.C.F. - rail transport - 896 employees
  • SEPD - maritime transport - 670 employees
  • ALCATEL LUCENT SUBMARINE NETWORKS - electronics - 588 employees
  • ARMATIS NORD - call centre - 550 employees
  • SCHAEFFLER CHAIN DRIVE SYSTEMS - car industry - 403 employees
  • DFDS SEAWAYS - maritime transport - 300 employees
  • TFN PROPRETE NORD NORMANDIE - cleaning services - 275 employees
  • P&O FERRIES LIMITED - maritime transport - 271 employees
  • HABITAT HAUTS-DE-FRANCE - real estate - 223 employees
  • SURVEILLANCE DU BASSIN MINIER - security - 200 employees
  • GRAFTECH FRANCE SNC - electronics - 185 employees
  • SARL AGENOR - cleaning services - 180 employees
  • TND NORD - road transport - 173 employees
  • NOYON DENTELLES (SDCN) - textiles - 170 employees
  • GSF PLUTON - cleaning services - 160 employees
  • GOM PROPRETE - cleaning services - 150 employees
  • ISS PROPRETE - cleaning services - 150 employees
  • ELIS LOCALINGE CALAIS - equipment rental - 146 employees
  • STCE - road transport - 133 employees
  • EURO CARGO RAIL - rail transport - 130 employees
  • ELECTRICITE DE FRANCE - service - 125 employees
  • DERICHEBOURG PROPRETE - cleaning services - 120 employees
  • LITTORAL NORD AUTOCARS - road transport - 117 employees
  • INTEROR - chimicals - 115 employees
  • DRAKA COMTEQ FRANCE - electronics - 109 employees
  • SOCIETE DE CONFECTION BALSAN - textiles - 108 employees

(Source CCI Littoral Hauts-de-France)

 

 

Further info: 

www.calais-port.fr: port of Calais
www.eurotunnelgroup.com: Eurotunnel
www.mef-calaisis.fr: Calais Regional Centre for Employement & Training
www.pays-du-calaisis.fr: Pays du Calaisis area
www.capcalaisis.fr: Grand Calais Terres & Mers Urban Authority, Grand Calais
www.cotedopale.cci.fr: Chamber of Commerce and Industry