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Hamburg smartPORT offering solutions at Chinese logistics fair

Decision-makers in port and logistics meet at China Silk Road International Logistics Expo

Lars Anke, Head of Hafen Hamburg Marketing in Shanghai, presented smartPORT solutions “Made in Hamburg” at the 3rd China Silk Road International Logistics Expo in Lianyungang from November 16-18, 2016, Hafen Hamburg Marketing announced Friday (November 18). The port of Lianyungang has 5 million TEU and is one of the biggest ports in China. For some years, it has positioned itself along the lines of the “One Belt, One Road” aimed at consolidating Korea-Japan traffic and transferring parts of traffic onto railways destined for Central Asia and Europe.

China is most important partner for Port of Hamburg

During the expo, Anke discussed key intermodal transport issues as well as the development of European and Asian ports with 200 international and Chinese representatives of the logistics sector, the port of Hamburg reported. And the smartPORT concept, which refers to intelligent solutions for economical and environment friendly-traffic and flows of goods in ports, also met with keen interest.

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. Last year, volumes of 23.6 million tons and 2.5 million TEU originating in or destined for China were handled in Hamburg and rising. Around 1.96 million TEU of Chinese containers passed through Hamburg between January and September 2016 – an increase of 0.6 per cent over the same period in 2015, according to quarterly handling figures published on November 16, 2016.

Branches in Hong Kong and Shanghai

At present, Hamburg has 17 scheduled services including 13 container services with ports in China. Another 12 container train connections per week link Hamburg with the Middle Kingdom. Hafen Hamburg Marketing has liaison offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai which are in contact with Chinese logistic and shipping companies, industry, trade, associations and authorities.

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