The Port of Hamburg, Germany, has announced that its container volumes remained stable in the first nine months of 2016.
Throughput went down by a negligible 0.1%, almost unchanged from the 6.7m teu handled in the first nine months of 2015, with containerised cargo going up by just 0.4% to 69.3 tons.
Axel Mattern, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said that the lack of significant growth was primarily attributable to fewer transhipment services with ports in Poland and Sweden.
Seaborne container traffic with Sweden and Poland dropped by 15.4% and 14.1% respectively due to direct calls by container liner services in Gothenburg and Gdansk.
A more positive performance was registered in traffic with Russia, which went up by 4.4% to 337,000 teu. Overall, traffic with Europe was down 1.7%.
Container traffic with North & South America grew by 1.2%, while traffic with Asia grew by 1%, with throughput with Chinese ports increasing by 0.6%.
“A continuing rise in the significance of India was more gratifying,” a statement by the port read, “with throughout 6.8% ahead at 188,000 teu, the country now ranks eighth among Hamburg’s top trading partners in container traffic.”
As the statement continued, the port recorded an 18% growth in traffic with Mexico, 7.7% with the USA, 12.1% with United Arab Emirates (UAE) and 13.3% with the United Kingdom.
“For the first three quarters of the year the Port of Hamburg’s container throughput statistics indicated 0.5% growth to 3.5m teu in import boxes. Exports reached 3.2m teu, remaining 0.6% below the previous year’s figure.”