Upper Austria is one of the regions with the highest Austrian traffic volumes for containerised and general cargo. 20 per cent of the total Austrian full container volume originates from this state. In 2013, Austrian container volumes totalled 587,000 TEUs. Almost half of the cargo, i.e. 275,000 TEU, was handled by the Port of Hamburg. In Upper Austria, leading industrial companies and shippers, such as BMW, Ebner, Angels, KTM, Lenzing, Plasser & Theurer, Siemens, and Voest account for a very high proportion of exports.
From ship to rails
With more than 110 liner services to almost any port in the world, the Port of Hamburg is the best hub for overseas shipments of the globally importing and exporting companies in Upper Austria. Each week, more than 30 container block trains connect Upper Austria with Germany’s largest seaport. “In overseas container traffic, Hamburg is the main port for Upper Austria. The railway connection plays a particularly important role for container transport. More than 90 per cent of the boxes transported between Hamburg and Austria go by rail”, says Alexander Till, director of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in Vienna. Expanding the infrastructure for better connections to the seaport of Hamburg is of great importance for the Austrian economy.
Linz meeting deepens ties
In order to strengthen the business relations and to learn about current developments in the Port of Hamburg, the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office teamed up with the Port of Linz and invited representatives of Hamburg’s and Austrian port and logistics sector to a customer event in Linz. Franz Frisch, Head of Container Terminal Linz AG, and Alexander Till, Director of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office Vienna, welcomed the guests aboard the historic paddle steamer “Schönbrunn”, where they both emphasised the excellent co-operation between the Port of Linz and the Port of Hamburg. Axel Mattern, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, also underlined the excellent connection between the two ports. The Port of Linz has been a member of the registered association Port of Hamburg Marketing for years.
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