The Port of Gothenburg, Scandinavia's largest, becomes Port of Hamburg Marketing member

06 May 2015 14:58 Economy

Sweden's largest seaport, the Port of Gothenburg that has a similar structure to Germany's largest universal Port of Hamburg, has become a port and logistics location member of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM). In Gothenburg 11,000 sea-going ships are handled annually in the container, vehicle and general cargo fields, in addition to cruise ships. This figure represents around 30 percent of Swedish seaborne cargo throughput for the port. In 2014 the port terminals in Gothenburg loaded and discharged a total of 37.1 million tons of ocean-going cargo. This included some 837,000 TEU, 549,000 units in RoRo services, 166,000 new vehicles and 19.2 million tons of mineral oil. 1.82 million cruise ship passengers visited Sweden's second largest city. Membership of Port of Hamburg Marketing will give the Port of Gothenburg access to the HHM marketing platform and its worldwide activities.

During the transport logistic trade fair in Munich, the joint managing directors of PoHM Ingo Egloff and Axel Mattern accompanied by Marina Rimpo, head of market development Baltic region at HHM, visited the Port of Gothenburg's stand and presented the PoHM membership certificate to Magnus Karestedt, CEO Gothenburg Port Authority.

"Membership of Port of Hamburg Marketing will connect us to international activities as a port and logistics location, giving us presentation opportunities and also facilitating constructive cooperation on transportation and port topics that affect us both. Hamburg with its tightly meshed network of worldwide liner services and strong feeder network in the Baltic region is of major importance for Sweden's seaborne exports and therefore absolutely complementary to Gothenburg. We will use our membership in Port of Hamburg Marketing to build-up contacts with HHM members and companies from the fields of shipping, transport and logistics, as well as exporting and importing industrial and trading companies. We are looking forward to cooperation and joint events with Port of Hamburg Marketing," explained Magnus Karestedt.

"With our strategy of building good relationships with the ports in the Baltic region and offering them membership of Port of Hamburg Marketing, we are successful and very pleased that a Swedish port has become a member of our marketing organisation. Against the backdrop of Sweden's importance to seaborne international trade for our port, I see many points of contact for joint activities. Both ports profit from numerous networking opportunities at events and trade fair participation in markets important for both port and logistics locations," emphasised Axel Mattern.

In 2014 the Port of Hamburg recorded a total of 4.8 million tons of seaborne cargo throughput with the Swedish ports; during the same period a total of 326,000 TEU throughput in container traffic between Hamburg and the Swedish port. At present twelve carriers offer 16 liner services for container transport between Hamburg and the Swedish port. On the export side, above all chemical products, coking and mineral oil products as well as food and luxury goods are carried from Hamburg to Sweden. On the import side mining and wood products and paper as well as metals and metal products from Sweden dominate the throughput in Germany's universal port.