Hamburg Port reporting 6.4% container volume increase during Q1 2019

IF container throughput is anything to go by, then it appears that the Port of Hamburg has “something to sell” again, after the German gateway announced a 6.4 per cent increase in first-quarter container traffic.

Hamburg’s growth rate far exceeded “noisy neighbour” Antwerp’s 0.7 per cent upturn – in recent years the rival has held Hamburg’s traditional crown as the second-busiest container gateway in north Europe, reports London’s Loadstar.

Antwerp Port growth for container volumes up withonly 0.7% in Q1 2019

Hamburg said container volumes from China – its largest trading partner – had increased 2.1 per cent over the three-month period. “One in three of all containers handled in the port are for, or from, China,” he said.

“Complementing the excellent seaborne services, more than 235 connections by rail are now offered from Hamburg along the New Silk Road,” he added. Chief executive Axel Mattern described the port as the central freight handling hub for transport along both the maritime and overland Silk Road.

“Having handled around 4.8 million TEU last year for or from China, compared with other locations in Europe Hamburg is the main hub for China freight by a wide margin,” he said. The port’s container volumes for the three months to April hit 2.3 million TEU, with 865,000 TEU transported by feeder vessels onto other European ports.

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