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Hamburg's container volume drops 1.7pc


The Port of Hamburg lifted 8.9 million TEU in 2012, 1.7 per cent less than the previous year, with general cargo throughput at 91.5 million tonnes, 1.2 per cent below the 2011 total, according to the Shipping Gazette. 
The port said the 1.7 per cent decrease was primarily attributable to lower throughput of empties at 1.2 million TEU, 12.1 per cent less than in 2011.
The port's bulk throughput dropped 0.4 per cent to 39.4 million tonnes. Its sea borne cargo throughput reached 130.9 million tonnes, down one per cent.
Despite the slight fall, Hamburg still remains the second largest container port in Europe and consolidates its 14th place among container ports worldwide.
Shrinking demand in the European market resulted in a three per cent decrease in the port's import throughput to 73.9 million tonnes, or 3.8 million TEU in terms of container, down 3.6 per cent. In contrast, export grew 1.9 per cent to 57.1 million tonnes, or 3.8 million TEU, up 4.4 per cent.
Asian cargo fell 8.6 per cent year on year to 4.7 million TEU. Container throughput with China, including Hong Kong, was distinctly weaker in 2012 at 2.6 million TEU, down 12.3 per cent. Indian cargo grew 7.1 per cent to 210,000 TEU, but were not sufficient to compensate for the drop in the China trade.
"We can be satisfied with the trend on the Port of Hamburg's handling of exports. This illustrates once again the high standing German products enjoy abroad and underlines what a significant role in German foreign trade falls to the Port of Hamburg," said Claudia Roller, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM).
"With demand again picking up in Europe and foreign trade gathering strength in our most significant markets abroad, for 2013 growth in total throughput can be expected for the Port of Hamburg."

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