Port of Hamburg

Hamburg is the geographical transport centre within a market of 5 million people. This strategic advantage makes Germany’s largest universal port and Europe’s third largest container port the ideal national as well as international logistic centre. Furthermore, Hamburg is consistently strengthening its international position as a leading trade and service partner. Especially in the sectors of port and transport economics, wind energy, trade, banking and insurance, media and new media as well as research Hamburg is worldwide known and highly accredited.

In 2017 the port of Hamburg had a total turnover of 138.2 million tonnes. This total turnover consists of 44.9 million tonnes of bulk cargo handling and 90.3 million tonnes container handling. With this amount of turnover, Hamburg is Germany's biggest universal harbour.

The Port of Hamburg has four container terminals which provide fast and smooth container handling:

  • HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder
  • HHLA Container Terminal Burchardkai
  • HHLA Container Terminal Tollerort
  • Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg

142 km of public streets, almost 200 km of shoreline and revetment as well as the 388 km long port railway system connects the 7,105 hectares of the port with the rest of the world.

Facts 2017:
Total Handling:  138.2 million tonnes 
Container handling: 8,8 million TEU 
Total volume of port related jobs: 155.000 in Hamburg as well as the metropol region, 268.000 in the State of Hamburg


Hamburg - and its significance in Indo-German trade

India is one of the ten most important trading partners of the Hamburg Port (2017). Four weekly container liner services currently go to India. The providers are shipowning companies like CMA CGM, Hapag-Lloyd/Hamburg Süd, MSC/CSAV/SCI und CMA CGM/Hapag-Lloyd. Furthermore, Hamburg is an important hub for unit load, heavy cargo and Ro Ro shipping. Between Hamburg and India the following companies are providing cargo transport: Chipolbrok, Rickmers Linie, Höegh, OXL, MOL RoRo and SAL.

Germany is the sixth most important trading partner for India. Most frequently demanded are investment goods, such as machinery, electrotechnology, metals, chemical products, automobile and auto parts.

Future prospects

The total as well as container handling at the Port of Hamburg is increasing continuously. The Altenwerder terminal is already the most innovative and modern container terminal world wide and sets a promising foundation for further economic growth in trade performance. Furthermore, after finishing the Fehmarn-Belt-Crossing around 2026, Hamburg's status as a logistic hub will become even more significant. The continuing globalisation as well as the opening of the eastern European markets move the port of Hamburg increasingly into a central European position. 

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