Hamburg and what is now the Czech Republic can look back on a long association. Hamburg has been one of the region’s most important trading partners and a significant transhipment port for Czech and Slovakian foreign trade since the 14th century. In 2020 over 470,000 TEU were transported on hinterland services with the Czech Republic. Of these, approx. 450,000 TEU went by rail. With a share of almost 90 percent, rail is therefore the most important carrier.
Over 100 direct container block trains run weekly between the Port of Hamburg and the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The truck connection along the E55 autobahn via Dresden is also excellent. If the Elbe is to be increasingly used as a waterway, implementation of the required maintenance and upgrading works will be essential if constant navigability of the channel throughout the year is to be guaranteed.