Representative Office Germany South and Switzerland
The Port of Hamburg – “Gateway to the World” for Bavaria
The Port of Hamburg has been the leading hub for exports and overseas imports to and from Bavaria for many years. Geographical proximity and excellent transport links between Germany’s largest seaport and the state’s manufacturing facilities are especially advantageous for this region’s strongly export-oriented economy. They contribute substantially to Bavaria’s economic success. International and well organized mid-sized companies, a historically rooted variety of industries, preparedness to innovate and invest, as well as an unusually well-developed services sector, ensure thriving trade there. The Port of Hamburg also benefits as Bavaria’s leading load port. Around 52 percent of Bavarian foreign trade, more than 710,000 TEU, are handled annually via the Port of Hamburg. Among the chief goods categories exported are automotive parts and machinery, as well as chemicals, pharmaceutical products and vehicles. The main imports consist of household goods, textiles, machinery and electrical goods.
Over 64 percent of the freight handled in Hamburg for Bavaria is transported by rail. Every week 424 container trains run between the Port of Hamburg and Bavaria. The state is also very well linked with the Port of Hamburg by the A7 autobahn that is Europe’s main North-South axis.
Activities of the Port of Hamburg representative office in Munich
The Port of Hamburg has been represented by its own office in Munich since 1961. This aims to build up and cultivate contacts with companies, associations, institutions and transport ministries in Bavaria. Since 2004 the representative office has also covered the markets in Baden-Württemberg and Switzerland. The representative office also advises member companies interested in the Bavarian market, creates networks, organizes and supports events, and provides news in its region of the latest developments in Germany’s largest universal port. The office is also the initial point of contact for Bavarian firms and universities wishing to have visitor programs organized for the Port of Hamburg and other ports in the Metropolitan Region. It also provides lecturers for events staged by network partners. These present the range of services in the Port of Hamburg and firms there, and in addition of their hinterland connections.