Representatives of Hafen Hamburg Marketing (HHM) and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) travelled to China from October 11-14, 2016 to meet representatives of commerce and ports in the Pearl River delta near Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou for talks on expanding co-operation. Hamburg has close ties to the region with an existing port partnership in Shenzhen while HHM has a representative office in Hong Kong.
Paths to digitalisation and improved port networking
Apart from attending the China International Logistics and Transportation Fair in Shenzhen, the delegation also met port authorities in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. Axel Mattern, HHM Executive Board, and Wolfgang Hurtienne, Managing Director of HPA, discussed the progress to digitalisation and improved port networking with their Chinese counterparts.
16 scheduled services to Chinese ports
Trade with China accounts for around 29 per cent of total container handling in Hamburg making it the most important trade partner for the port. Around 50 per of German foreign trade with China is handled in Hamburg. Last year, 23.6 million tons and 2.5 million TEU originating in China or destined for the country were handled in Hamburg.
At the moment, 16 scheduled services operate between Hamburg and ports in China including the container shipping companies COSCO and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL), both of which have European headquarters in Hamburg. Since March 2016, they have pooled their container ship activities in COSCO.
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