Hamburg is the geographical transport centre of a market with five million inhabitants. This strategic advantage makes Germany’s largest universal port and Europe’s third largest container port the ideal national and international logistics 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 insurances, media and new media as well as research, Hamburg is well-known and highly accredited worldwide.
In 2017, the port of Hamburg had a total turnover of 135.1 million tons. This total turnover consists of 44.2 million tons of bulk cargo handling and 90.9 million tons of general cargo. Furthermore, 8.7 million TEU sea containers have been handled. 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:
142 km of public streets, almost 200 km of shoreline and bank revetment as well as the 388 km long port railway system connect the 7,105 hectares of the port with the rest of the world.
India is one of the ten most important trading partners of the Port of Hamburg (2017). Currently, four container liner services travel from Hamburg to India per week. The shipowning companies providing these services include Hapag-Lloyd, Hamburg Süd, MSC/CSAV/SCI and CMA CGM. 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 goods are investment goods, such as machinery, electrotechnology, metals, chemical products, automobiles and auto parts.
Container handling at the Port of Hamburg is increasing continuously. The Altenwerder terminal is already the most innovative and modern container terminal in the world and sets a promising foundation for further economic growth and trade performance. Furthermore, after finishing the Fehmarn-Belt-Crossing around 2026, Hamburg's status as a logistics hub will become even more significant. The continuing globalisation as well as the opening of the Eastern European markets, increasingly strengthen the central position of the Port of Hamburg within Europe.
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