Around 9,000 ship calls per year, almost 300 berths for seagoing vessels, more than 2,300 freight trains per week, four state-of-the-art container terminals, three cruise terminals and around 50 facilities specialized in handling roro and breakbulk and all kinds of bulk cargoes, along with about 7,300 logistics companies within the city limits – these are just a few of the factors making the Port of Hamburg to one of the world's most flexible, high-performance universal ports.
The port is connected to more than 1000 seaports all over the world thanks to over 100 liner services. Additional ports can be served via transshipment. 138.2 million tons of cargo crossed the quay walls of Germany's largest seaport in 2016. That included around 8.9 million standard containers (TEU).
Hamburg is accordingly the third largest container port in Europe and in the 17th place on the list of the world's largest container ports. State-of-the-art handling technology and data communications systems, efficient traffic infrastructure and high-performance feedership and hinterland links cater for the exchange of cargoes with partners throughout the world. The port’s geographical location and the excellent performance of businesses there make the Port of Hamburg Germany’s leading foreign trade hub. At the interface of international transport chains it also fulfils an essential function as a hub for its European neighbours and international trading partners. So Germany’s largest seaport is of immense importance for efficiently supplying European inland markets with around 500 million consumers. On a countrywide basis, the universal port of Hamburg annually generates added value totaling around 22 billion euros. Almost 270.000 jobs in Germany are linked to the Port of Hamburg.
Although the biggest trade partner of Hamburg is China with 2.6 million TEU of boxes' flow in 2016, the port also serves as a major hub for the Baltic Sea region. Feeders deliver freight to all BSR countries, while the road and rail networks serve both German and all European hinterland. The Port of Hamburg Railway annually transports 46.4 million tons of freight on its network, including 2.4 million TEU (in 2016). This makes Hamburg Europe’s top rail port by a wide margin. With a 46.6 percent share in the Port of Hamburg’s modal split, rail has displaced trucking in the lead. About 200 freight trains with over 5000 railcars are rapidly and efficiently handled daily along 300 kilometres of the Port of Hamburg Railway’s track network.
The port is managed by the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) on behalf of the city-state. It is responsible for the development and maintenance of the port water- and landside infrastructure as well as for all questions regarding shipping traffic safety, in-port railways, real estate management and the business environment.
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