Germany’s Port of Hamburg moved 46.5 million tons of container cargo, or 4.5 million 20-foot-equivalent units, in the first six months of 2013, up 2.1 percent year-over-year.
Container exports totaled 2.2 million TEUs from January to June, increasing 2.6 percent year-over-year, and imports reached 2.3 million TEUs, rising 1.7 percent. At 3.9 million TEUs, throughput of loaded containers was 2.4 percent higher, while empty containers inched up 0.2 percent to 600,000 TEUs, after falling for the past two years.
A total of 1.1 million TEUs were transported during the first six months of 2013 in container traffic between the Port of Hamburg and the Baltic region, representing an 8 percent increase versus the first six months of 2012.
Additionally, the Port of Hamburg handled 68.1 million tons of total cargo in the first half of the year, up 3.5 percent compared with the same period in 2012. Of that total, general cargo throughput was up 3.1 percent, to 47.4 million tons.
On average, the largest ports in the North Europe reported downturns of 0.4 percent year-over-year in total throughput and 1.2 percent on containers handled, meaning the Port of Hamburg had above-average growth and strengthened its market position, the port said in a written statement.
For the year, Axel Mattern, an executive board member of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said he expects a total throughput figure of around 136 million tons, up 4 percent year-over-year, for the Port of Hamburg, and container handling of about 9.1 million TEUs, up 3 percent.