Information about the Corona virus – COVID-19

    Currently, a lot of questions reach us on the impact of COVID-19 on the Port of Hamburg and the supply chain with the hinterland / inland. We would like to provide you with information on current developments and also recommend the Hashtag #CoronaHH and for further information.

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  • News from maritime business

    Pandemic fallout: German maritime shipping headed for deep crisis
    The consequences of the corona pandemic are becoming increasingly severe for the German maritime shipping sector. This is the conclusion reached in a survey conducted by the German Shipowners’ Association (VDR) amongst ...
    20 Port Authorities Signed Declaration to Keep Ports Open to Seaborne Trade to Support Fight Against the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Recognising that the maritime sector plays a critical role in keeping trade flows open in the global fight against COVID-19, 20 members of the Port Authorities Roundtable (PAR) from Asia, Europe, Middle East and North ...
    As the COVID-19 pandemic affects all sectors of the world economy, the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is taking action by launching the BUSINESS CONTINUITY PACK, ...
    THE Alliance Announces COVID-19 Response Measures for May and June 2020
    Following the global outbreak of COVID-19, the members of THE Alliance have revised schedules for May and June to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic. The details of blank sailings are announced as below in response to lower market demand due to the spread of the virus. ...
    Port of Hamburg remains well connected despite temporary changes in sailing schedules
    In the past few days, numerous liner shipping companies published information on temporary changes in sailing schedules due to the corona pandemic. The shipping alliances 2M (Maersk, MSC) and THE Alliance ...
    Publication of the Annual Report 2019: HHLA expects strong decrease in earnings due to 2020 coronavirus pandemic
    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) can look back on a successful financial year 2019. Despite a significant deterioration in the market environment especially in the second half of the year, Group revenue increased by 7.1 percent ...
    HHLA CEO: Steady operation in the ports guaranteed
    The supply of the population and companies with cargo and goods via the terminal facilities of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) is ensured, regardless of the measures in force to protect against the spread of the corona virus.
    Coronavirus – Port of Hamburg remains in service
    The Port of Hamburg, and especially the HPA, accepts its responsibility and makes it a top priority for our port to remain fully operational in the best interest of the population.
    Customer Information from Erurogate: MEASURES AGAINST THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
    Dear Customer, Dear Partner,

    The coronavirus has now reached Germany, and it can be assumed that despite the measures taken to date, the number of infections will continue to climb. This makes it more important than ever for us to inform you about the current situation at Germany’s EUROGATE terminals. ...
  • News from the regions

    irst Signs of Economic Recovery in Eastern Germany
    Stefan Kunze, Head of Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Dresden is responsible for the Eastern German market region, comprising all of the new federal states and Berlin. 
    Bavarian industry still with negative economic growth in June, but recovered significantly
    The Bavarian State Office for Statistics recorded a clear upward trend in June. Compared to the same months in 2019, sales and orders are down by 4.2 percent and 5.5 percent, respectively. However, the negative growth is significantly lower compared to the months April and May 2020. ...
    Inland terminals report general improvement from July onwards
    Many of the inland terminals will connect Hamburg again with frequencies according to their timetables. However, the import and export traffic are not balanced everywhere. Thus, individual departures ...
    Baden-Württemberg: Automotive- and mechanical engineering are particularly struggling with the consequences of corona
    "Corona pandemic plunges the southwest economy into recession" - that is the headline of the economic report for the second quarter of the Baden-Württemberg State Statistical Office. ...
    Czech Republic is gradually returning to normal
    The Czech Republic is gradually returning to normal after almost three months of lockdown. Nevertheless, the consequences of the crisis are particularly noticeable in the economy. The head of our representative office in Prague, ...
    China's economy on its way back to normality
    Economic experts assume that China's gross domestic product (GDP) has grown again in the second quarter of 2020. At this year's National People's Congress, the government has decided for the first time since 1990 ...
    Industrial production in Hungary picking up again
    Following the resumption of industrial production in Hungary, our colleague Krisztina Kovacs, Head of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Budapest, reports on current developments in the Hungarian economy.
    South Korea is containing the pandemic but struggling with economic consequences
    Although South Korea was hit early by the Corona pandemic, there has not been a nationwide lockdown yet. Despite new increase in infections in early May, the country is relatively successful in containing the virus. ...
    India: Ship handling delays
    Peter Deubet, Head of the Hamburg Representative Office Mumbai, and his colleague Lea Miram, Hamburg Business Manager in Mumbai, report on the current situation in the growth market India.

    As already expected, the previous lockdown in India has been extended until 31st May 2020 – since several relaxations have been
    Updated status report of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in Poland
    Poland's economic results were unsatisfactory last month: According to the Central Statistics Office, industrial production in April 2020 was almost 25 percent lower than in April 2019. As a result, cargo volumes in the Polish
    China’s economy on the road to recovery
    Restrictions on everyday life in Chinese cities and provinces are gradually being lifted. Shanghai, for example, has already lowered its emergency response level from Level III to II of its four-tier response system for public health emergencies. ...
    Coronavirus’s effect on Southeast Asia’s economies delayed
    According to Ralf Schmidt, Hamburg-Ambassador in Singapore, the port of Singapore does not report a decrease in freight volumes for the first quarter of 2020. The same is the case for most freight traffic throughout Southeast Asia....
    India: delays in ship handling
    Peter Deubet, Head of the Hamburg Representative Office Mumbai, and his colleague Lea Miram, Hamburg Business Manager in Mumbai, report on the current situation in the growth market India.
    As already expected,...
    Czech automotive industry under pressure
    Vladimir Dobos leads the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Prague. In view of the special situation, he provides up-to-date information on the situation in his market region, the Czech Republic. ...
    Inland terminals hit by the corona crises differently
    In the market region of the Representative Office Dortmund of Port of Hamburg Marketing the effects of the corona crisis are being experienced differently in the individual regions.
    The operators of the CT terminal in Warstein describe a decline in exports. Therefore, the train service to Hamburg has been adapted to only ...
    Shanghai: High turnover in Chinese ports
    Our colleague Pan Hua, Head of the Hamburg Liaison Office China (HLO), describes the current situation in important Chinese ports.
    As a result of the economic restrictions imposed by COVID-19, an unusually large number of reefer containers accumulated in the Tianjin port, ...
    Austria's overseas traffic via Hamburg remains stable
    Despite the effects of the on-going corona pandemic and its accompanying restrictions, freight traffic between Hamburg and Austria keeps running at a stable level.
    Shanghai: Container handling almost back at normal level
    Our colleague Pan Hua reports from the Hamburg Liaison Office Shanghai (HLO), which represents Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) and other institutions in this important market of the Port of Hamburg. ...
    The Czech Republic is drawing up plans for the recovery of the economy
    Our colleague Vladimir Dobos, from our representative office in Prague, explains the developments in the Czech Republic in the wake of the Corona crisis. The Czech Republic requires a highly productive port to handle most of its exports and imports and therefore uses the Port of Hamburg. ...
    Poland: Container shipping and rail transport nearly as planned
    Poland is an important market for the port of Hamburg. By barge, train and truck, it is well-connected to Hamburg. In 2019, Poland was Hamburg’s 10th most important trading partner for seaborne container volume, with more than 200.000 TEU. ...
    The southern German economy is hit particularly hard by Corona
    As Federal States with high export volumes, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are particularly affected by the ramifications of the Corona virus. The industry in Bavaria ...
    Swiss economy expected to enter a recession
    Switzerland is one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus. Economists expect a recession and a decline in gross domestic product (GDP) of up to 3 % instead of a previously estimated growth of 1.3 %. According to BAK ...
    India intensifies measures to combat COVID-19
    Hamburg is one of Europe’s leading ports for India’s growing foreign trade market. Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) together with other partners from the Hanseatic City has been managing the Hamburg Representative Office Mumbai since 2011. We asked our colleagues Peter Deubet and Lea Miram ...
    Life in Hong Kong almost back to normal
    It may be hard to believe, but Anne Thiesen, Head of the Port of Hamburg Representation in Hong Kong, reports that the corona epidemic has been successfully contained and that control measures are exemplary. ...
    Austria: Less volume expected in import and export; CT terminals remain open
    Hamburg has been the most important port for Austrian industry in terms of containerised transport for over 30 years. The Hanseatic city is optimally connected to the Austrian economy by rail and links it with markets all over the world. ...
    Freight traffic with Czech Republic still without major disruptions despite COVID-19
    Our colleague Vladimir Dobos, Head of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office Czech Republic, reports on the corona crisis and how it effects the Czech market, which is a major Hinterland market for the Port of Hamburg. 
    Hungarian economy hit hard by coronavirus
    On March 17th, Hungary also closed its national borders to passenger traffic. Transport of goods is not affected. In transit traffic, trucks are only allowed to drive on specified routes and assigned rest areas and petrol stations.
    China promotes return to normality - Slow recovery despite transport restrictions
    Our colleague and head of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Shanghai, Pan Hua, outlines the current situation regarding China’s transport economy and provides up-to-date ...
    Russia: Current effects of the coronavirus
    The Russian Federation is one of the most important trading partners for the port of Hamburg and accounts for most of the container traffic of the Port of Hamburg in the Baltic Sea region.
    Coronavirus causes bottlenecks in foreign trade in central- and eastern Germany
    Eastern Germany is characterised by a heterogeneous economy. Not only goods from the chemical-, mining-, mechanical engineering- and automotive sectors are exported, but also agricultural- and forestry goods. Both, major companies and successful medium-sized enterprises, are active in this market. They are making an important contribution ...
  • More News

    “Together we will overcome this crisis”
    World trade has suffered a severe blow. Shipyards are sitting idle, and SMM, the leading international maritime trade fair, had to be rescheduled: The economic consequences of the coronavirus pandemic have sent shock waves through the shipping industry. ...
    Geodis transports 50 million disposable medical gloves from China to Germany for the German Government
    The international logistics provider GEODIS is ensuring the safe transport of the cargo from China to Germany. The Freight Forwarding unit of GEODIS in Germany won this major contract of 275 tons ...
    Abolition of a competitive disadvantage: Payment date for Import VAT deferred to 26th of ensuing month – A good day for Hamburg as a hub
    The Corona pandemic has pushed some problems into the background, yet some have become more pressing than ever. One of these is the procedure for levying Import VAT. ...
    Toilet paper won’t run out in Germany
    Since the beginning of March, empty shelves without toilet paper is common occurrence in German supermarkets as worried shoppers buy up the essential household item. Even the Dutch prime minister was asked ...
    Supply of Empty Containers is Assured
    In the last few days media have reported about bottlenecks in the supply of empty containers. Generally, these referred to the Container Availability Index (CAx) published by the firm xChange. ...
    COVID-19: The CMA CGM Group keeps you informed on the situation
    The current COVID-19 Outbreak is affecting the whole supply chain worldwide, raising potential major challenges.
    COVID-19: CMA CGM Group Activity Continuity

    The CMA CGM Group is monitoring closely Covid-19 situation all over the world, which is evolving fast in some countries.

    While the situation is improving in Asia, especially China, new measures have been taken in some other places to protect the health of our staff.

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Financial Aid

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HHM / Dietmar Hasenpusch

Exceptions to Sunday driving bans (only in german language)

    Das im Zuge der Corona-Krise ausgesetzte Fahrverbot für Lkw an Sonntagen ist in allen Bundesländern wieder seit dem 1. September 2020 gültig. Das geht aus einer Übersicht des Bundesamtes für Güterverkehr (BAG) hervor. Darin sind die Zeiträume genannt, für die Ausnahmen vom Sonn- und Feiertagsfahrverbot sowie der Ferienreiseverordnung für Lkw gelten. Das Lkw-Sonntagsfahrverbot gilt an Sonn- und Feiertagen in der Zeit von 00.00 bis 22.00 Uhr für Lkw im gewerblichen Verkehr mit einem zulässigen Gesamtgewicht über 7,5 Tonnen.

International measures-, provisions and regulations – updated on daily basis

  • Types of goods: import- and export regulations, transport restrictions, exemptions

    Driving- and resting time regulations

    Transit traffic: transport personnel regulations

    Motorway- and petrol stations: availability and regulations

    Borders: closures, entry- and quarantine requirements

    Driving license: exceptions

    Passenger transportation: restrictions and exceptions

    Social life: restrictions and regulations

    Links to international authorities, ministries and associations

    Download of permits and certificates

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Live-Daten zu Wartezeiten an Grenzübergängen

    Faced with the Corona crisis, most European countries have closed their borders. However, the EU intends on taking new measures to ensure that the movement of goods can continue as unimpeded as possible and that the European domestic market is supplied. These measures are imperative, as there are currently traffic jams at national borders causing delays in the supply chain.

    In order to provide the affected truck drivers and commuters with the best possible information, the software provider Sixfold now offers a platform that uses anonymised telematics data to provide details on waiting times at the borders.

    For the port of Hamburg in particular, hinterland traffic, most of which is rail-based and congestion-free over long distances, is an elementary part of the logistics chain. Thanks to the new online service, a number of shippers and transportation companies can now provide information about the congestion situation and keep a better eye on freight traffic.

    This is a temporary service provided by Sixfold