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Today, the Port of Hamburg is the most important export port for Central and Eastern Germany, especially for containerized cargo, but also for bulk and general cargo. The most important industries are traditional mechanical engineering, plant construction and vehicle manufacturing, as well as the chemical and coal and steel industries, but the new technology sectors such as photovoltaics and wind turbine construction are also becoming increasingly important.
The universal port of Hamburg benefits particularly from the well-developed transport infrastructure in the new federal states. The economic centers in Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Berlin/Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania are excellently connected to the Hamburg metropolitan region via efficient CT terminals. Container block trains run between the regional terminals and the Port of Hamburg several times a day. With a share of over 67 percent, rail is the most important mode of transport for goods from Saxony. Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt are also linked to the Port of Hamburg by regular scheduled services by inland waterway vessel. Large-volume goods up to 7.50 meters high can be transported on the Elbe and the Elbe canals.
In addition, all federal states are excellently connected to the Port of Hamburg via the autobahns. "Gap closures" in the highway network, for example the A 14 from Magdeburg via Wittenberge to Schwerin, will improve the connection of further regions.
The interests of Hamburg’s seaport industry have been promoted in the former Eastern states ever since 1990. Staff based in Dresden maintain intensive contacts with firms in trade and industry, the transport and logistics sector, trade associations and decision-makers in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Berlin/Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony and Thuringia. They aim to brief these on the latest developments in the Port of Hamburg and build up new business relationships. Being regularly supplied with fresh market and sector data, our members also profit from such intensive coverage of the market. Other services for members include arranging contacts with potential customers as well as organizing and preparing customers visits and events.
Port of Hamburg Marketing annually organizes several events in the ‘new’ Eastern states of Germany. The focus here is on interchange of markets, data and contacts between those attending. In addition, lectures presenting the excellent performance of the Port of Hamburg and companies there are delivered at events hosted by its network partners.