Russian Cargo Traffic via Hamburg Increases

Germany’s Port of Hamburg has reported that about 675,000 20-foot-equivalent unit containers were handled between Hamburg and Russian ports in 2012, increasing 13.3 percent year-over-year. Russia is the second-most important trading partner for the Port of Hamburg in terms of seaborne container handling.  This positive trend is also attributable to Russia’s decision to join the WTO, resulting in associated simplifications in commercial law as well as the dismantling of trade barriers.

Axel Mattern, executive board member of Port of Hamburg Marketing expressed that they are very “pleased that Hamburg managed to raise its share of container traffic in St Petersburg to 25.3 per cent last year”. Just under 95 per cent of the total direct traffic between Russia and Hamburg are handled via the seaport of St Petersburg. Alongside St Petersburg, the Russian Baltic Sea ports of Kaliningrad and Ust-Luga as well as Archangelsk und Murmansk on the Arctic Ocean are called at by ships sailing from Hamburg.

The most important commodities exported from Russia in seaborne container traffic via Hamburg include hard coal, diesel oil, crude oil, paper, copper and chemical substances. Imports to Russia predominantly comprise meat, motor vehicles, fruit preserves, electrical appliances and paper. Russia is also one of the key trading partners of the Hanseatic port in conventional general cargo handling, e.g. for iron, steel and other metals, as well as machinery.

The information is provided by the Port of Hamburg.