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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 12 weekly connections, the feedership is the main carrier for container transport between Hamburg and Russia.
Since 2003, the staff at the St. Petersburg location have represented the interests of Hamburg's seaport transport industry in Russia. The experts know their market and maintain good contacts with numerous companies from industry and trade, the transport and logistics sector, as well as with business organizations and political decision-makers. The intensive market cultivation also benefits the members of the marketing organization, who are regularly provided with the latest market and industry data on Russia. Further services for members include, for example, establishing contacts with potential customers and organizing and preparing customer visits or events in Russia.
St. Petersburg is the largest and most important Russian port on the Baltic Sea, and has a long history of partnership relations with Hamburg. The cities of Hamburg and St. Petersburg have been linked by a special twinning arrangement since 1957. The two cities are port cities and are closely linked by trade routes.