The Port of Bordeaux welcomes over 1600 ships each year, and more than 100 companies provide high-quality services to port facilities and customers.
The Port of Bordeaux covers about 140 hectares of land area, and its five outports (Le Verdon, Pauillac, Blaye, Ambes, and Bassens cover an additional 1351 hectares. Le Verdon includes 59 hectares of free zone. The terminals at La Verdon specialize in handling containers and timber. Pauillac serves oil and timber cargoes. Blaye specializes in grains and chemical products. Ambes handles oil and chemical products. Bassens focuses on grains, mixed bulk cargoes, containers, and timber, and the Port of Bordeaux serves cruise lines.
In 2007, the Port of Bordeaux handled about 8.3 million tons of cargo, including 3.9 million tons of mineral oils and 1.1 million tons of grains and oilseeds as well as significant volumes of general cargoes, fertilizers, containers, oil cake and oils, and coal and petroleum coke.