Hamburg - In the first nine months of the year, cargo handling in the port of Hamburg was below the previous year’s level due, according to the Port Authority, to less bulk cargo and a slight downturn in container handling.
The downturn in container handling in the first nine months was primarily concentrated on services to Europe and North America, down by 4.4 and 26.2 percent, respectively, on the same period of the previous year. By contrast the trend was particularly positive on container services with the East Coast of South America, up by 25.7 percent; North Africa, up by 22.7 percent; Israel, up by 35.2 percent; Turkey, up by 32.6 percent; the West Coast of North America, up by 36.9 percent; Sweden, up by 15.8 percent; Brazil, up by 30.4 percent; Taiwan, up by 9.2 percent; and Thailand, up by 123.6 percent.
“Good results on container transport with these countries and regions did not offset downturns on other trade routes with Europe and America,”, admitted Axel Mattern, joint Ceo of Port of Hamburg Marketing. “We expect positive momentum for container throughput with the arrival in Hamburg of four new transatlantic liner services. New to Hamburg, these will provide splendid links with ports on the US East Coast and also in Mexico.”