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Port of Hamburg: Q1 seaborne cargo throughput rises by 8.6 per cent

In the first quarter of 2014 total throughput in the Port of Hamburg reached 35.6 million tonnes, representing 8.6 percent growth. Both general cargo throughput totalling 25.2 million tonnes (+ 10.8 per cent), and bulk cargo throughput at 10.4 million tonnes (+ 3.5 per cent), ensured especially strong growth for Germany’s largest universal port.

In the first quarter of 2014, the Port of Hamburg succeeded in maintaining the previous year’s positive growth trend. Success was powered mainly by container throughput at 2.4 million TEU (20-ft standard containers) in the first three months of the year, i.e. plus eight per cent. Growth in container traffic was attributable both to strong exports, which at 1.1 million TEU were up by 7.8 per cent, and also an excellent trend in imports, which at 1.2 million TEU achieved an increase of 8.1 per cent.

Europe’s premier hub for container services to the Baltic region

Transshipment services by feeder ship in the North Sea and Baltic region reported a growth of 6.5 per cent in the first quarter of 2014. Also, Russia with 168,000 TEU (+ 4.0 per cent), Finland with 95,000 TEU (+ 20.1 per cent) and Poland with 93,000 TEU (+ 26.6 percent) were among Hamburg’s leading trade partners in container traffic in the first three months of 2014. Container services with Asia also grew distinctly in this period, with + 9 per cent to 1.3 million TEU. Container handling for the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong accounted for roughly 30 per cent of total container throughput in the Port of Hamburg, and reached 705,000 TEU (+ 10.5 per cent) in the first quarter. Container transshipment to European ports grew by 6.1 per cent to 746,000 TEU (+ 6.1 percent). Container traffic with the Americas remained stable at 262,000 TEU (+ 0.5 per cent). Container traffic to Africa continued to grow significantly, and rose by 46.9 per cent to 80,000 TEU. 11,000 TEU (+ 5.9 per cent) were transported by liner services to ports in Australasia.

Excellent figures for bulk cargo throughput

Bulk cargo throughput rose in the first quarter of 2014 by 3.5 per cent to a total of 10.4 million tonnes. Suction goods rose steeply by 24.2 per cent to 2.2 million tonnes. The handling of liquid bulk good increased by 4.2 per cent to 3.5 million tonnes. The throughput of grab cargoes such as coal, ore, fertilizers and building materials reached 4.7 million tonnes.

Germany’s leading port and logistics centre

More than 260,000 jobs – 110,000 of them outside the Hamburg Metropolitan Region – are directly or indirectly linked to the Port of Hamburg. Its national added value of almost 20 billion euros clearly shows that the Port of Hamburg’s significance reaches far beyond the banks of the Elbe river, with benefits offered to the entire German economy.

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