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Port of Hamburg sets new record for railborne container transport in 9M 2021

The Seaport on the river Elbe in Hamburg.

Posted on December 2, 2021

The Port of Hamburg has set a new record for pre-and-post-voyage railborne container transport in the first nine months of 2021 at 2.1 million TEU.

This marks an 8.3% increase compared to the same period in 2020 and strengthens Hamburg’s position as Europe’s largest rail port.

Overall, the port handled a total of 6.5 million TEU in this period, increasing 2.4% when compared to the first nine months of 2020.

During this period, exports rose by 2.9% to 3.2 million TEU. Imports also rose 1.9% to 3.3 million TEU.

For the remainder of 2021, the port expects transport chains to remain volatile as Axel Mattern, Co-CEO for Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V., said “Delayed ship arrivals plus related delivery postponements also hit the ports. The problems of supply chains meanwhile out of synch will continue to be apparent at the land/sea transport interface. Despite providing 24/7 service, for the terminals, a fraught situation will persist on vessel clearance.”

“Partly since the beginning of the year, large sections of the industry have suffered bottlenecks on deliveries. Despite full order books, this can hamper production,” added Ingo Egloff, Co-CEO of Marketing at Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V.

On 8 February 2022, PTI will be holding its Intermodal Freight Forum Europe delving into the pressing challenges and trends in intermodal freight transport. The event is set to bring together senior decision-makers from the intermodal transport network, addressing a wide range of issues from data standardisation to the lack of capacity in ports and rail.

Registration for the event can be done here.

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