India is one of the Port of Hamburg's most important trading partners. Several Container, general cargo, heavy lift and RoRo services connect the Port of Hamburg with India each week. Machinery and equipment, metals and metal products, chemical products as well as textiles and clothing are among the most frequently transported goods. India’s significance for Hamburg is further boosted, if not only direct services with the country are taken into account, but also its imports and exports shipped via other ports. As transit cargoes, these are routed via Sri Lanka or Arab ports such as Dubai.
In January 2011, a joint representative office by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg Invest, Hamburg Messe und Congress and Port of Hamburg Marketing was opened in Mumbai – India's most important port city. The office maintains excellent contacts with the transport industry, shippers, forwarders, shipping agents, operators and rail transport companies, as well as associations, institutions and trade media from the maritime industry.
The representative office supports HHM’s member companies interested in the Indian market, creates networks, organises and supports events and provides information in India about current developments in Germany's largest port. In addition, the representative office is the first point of contact for Indian companies to organise trips to the Port of Hamburg and the metropolitan region. Furthermore, the representative office plans and organises events such as "Invest in Hamburg" or "Make in India" in cooperation with partners of the city and local institutions.