Container Turnover of port of Hamburg decreased by 0.7% in January-March 2017
The turnover of the port of Hamburg increased by 1.7% yoy in January-March 2017, amounting to 35.4 million tons. The growth of freight turnover in the first three months was mainly supported by the handling of bulk cargo, registering increase of 6.7% yoy to 12.2 million tons. For the first time in the port’s history, the mark of 12 million tons in bulk cargo segment has been overcome. The total volume of general cargo decreased in comparison with last year slightly (-0.7%) and amounted to 23.1 million tons, due to a 4.7% drop in import freight traffic (11.2 million tons). In contrast, the transshipment of export general cargo for the reporting period increased by 3.4% to 11.9 million tons.
The container turnover of the port of Hamburg from January to March also decreased in comparison with last year by 0.7% to 2.2 million TEU. The number of handled laden containers rose by 0.04% to 1.9 million TEU, while the number of empty containers decreased by 4.9% to 0.31 million TEU. The handling of containerized goods at European ports increased by 0.6% to 663 thousand TEU. The traffic on lines connecting Hamburg with North and South America rose by 6.4% to 311 thousand TEU, while traffic connecting it with Australia and Oceania rose 19.9% to 13 thousand TEU. The container volumes on the lines connecting Hamburg with Africa and Asia decreased by 5.5% (70 thousands TEU) and 3.0% (1.2 million TEU). Thus, container import-export flows from China, a strategically important partner of Hamburg, amounted to 637 thousand TEU, which is 2.0% less than the same period last year.
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