Russia and Hamburg have been linked by cross-Baltic seaborne trade routes for centuries. The Port of Hamburg is of special significance for Russia, assuming the function of a hub for Russia’s trade with the European Union. Today, Russia is the fourth largest trading partner.
Almost 95 percent of direct traffic with Russia via Hamburg is handled by the Seaport of St. Petersburg. Kaliningrad and Ust-Luga, as well as Archangel and Murmansk, are other ports of importance. The Russian market is additionally served in transit via ports in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. With around 32 weekly connections, the feedership is the main carrier for container transport between Hamburg and Russia.