Multipurpose terminals handle heavy lifts, conventional general cargo and project cargo, as well as containers.
Even though around 97 percent of the general cargo is now handled in containers, the remaining volume of “conventional general cargo” is still very important to the port. Hamburg has special terminals for conventional handling of things like vehicles, fruits, vegetables, paper and cardboard, wood pulp, metals, iron and steel.
Furthermore, special equipment is available to handle large and heavy machines and industrial components.
Conventional general cargo accounted for a total volume of 2.6 million metric tons in 2010.