Better than expected growth at Hamburg Port

The Port of Hamburg, which benefits from a geographic advantage of being positioned between Asia, northern Europe and the Baltic States, has reported a total cargo turnover of 121 million tonnes in 2010 which is 11 million tonnes better than the previous year. The port is anticipating a further growth of 10% this year. Much of this growth is attributed to the performance of the port's major trade partners which include Russia, Singapore and China as well as Brazil, India and Japan.

2010 imports totalled 70.4 million tonnes (up13.2%), exports reached 50.8 million tonnes (up 5.4%) and container throughput was 7.9 million teu – this represents a 12.7% increase on 2009 but is still less than the 9.7 million teu the port achieved in 2008.

Hamburg is also seeing its feeder business returning and retains its position as the most important feeder port for the Baltic region. More than 150 feeder movements are recorded each week.