A 12-strong business delegation from the port of Hamburg including representatives of BUSS Port Logistics, Brunsbüttel Ports, TCO Transcargo, CLC China Logistic Center, H.S.H. Schleppgesellschaft and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is set to travel to China in mid June. Stops include Shanghai, Ningbo, Tianjin and Beijing where they will promote the port of Hamburg and hold talks with Chinese companies and port representatives, Hafen Hamburg Marketing (HMM) announced.
Similar trips to other Asian markets, which are of particular interest to the port industry, are being planned. Hamburg has already attracted many Asian companies with over 550 Chinese firms settling in the city and another 100 from Japan, 50 from Taiwan and others from South Korea and Southeast Asia.
Most important trading partner
China is by far the most important trade partner with a 29 per cent share of total container handling in the port of Hamburg. In terms of German foreign trade with China, Hamburg is the leading reloading point with a 50 per cent share of the imported and exported tonnage.
Axel Mattern, Chairman of Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V., noted: “Hamburg plays a leading role in foreign trade with China as both a port and logistics hub. Hamburg is well positioned on the Chinese market as an efficient hub for maritime-based foreign trade. Combined with feeder traffic from here, Hamburg and its dense network of scheduled service connections with nearly all Chinese ports offers excellent shipping opportunities for handling import and exports.”
Slight increase in first quarter
Container traffic between China and Hamburg came to 651,000 TEU (20 foot standard container) in the first quarter of 2016. Mattern noted: “Compared to the previous quarter, that came to an increase of 10 percentage points and we are seeing the first signs of an upswing in container traffic”, adding, “We expect the recurring economic upsurge in China and increasing demand from Eastern European countries to yield very good development prospects for Hamburg and in trade with China.”
Stops during trip
Apart from talks with leading Chinese importers, discussions will also be held with experts from the port of Ningbo, Tianjin Port Group, Tianjin Free Trade Zone and industrial companies in Binhai District, Sinatras, China International Forwarders Association and Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries (ZPMC). The latter are known in Germany as the leading producing of container bridges. The delegation will also attend the “transport logistic China” fair from June 14-16 in Shanghai and visit Daimler Greater China Co. Ltd.
Mathias Schulz, Head of Market Development Asia at Hafen Hamburg Marketing and Lars Anke, Chief Representative of the Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF) in Shanghai, believe the visit and events during the journey lasting several days offers very good opportunities for refreshing existing contacts and meeting new contacts.