Russia Ukraine Update

Impact on the Port of Hamburg

  • The European Union has imposed far-reaching sanctions on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s war on Ukraine. This has also had effects on the Port of Hamburg. Large amounts of cargo in trade with the Russian market are handled there. Russia plays an important role in the Port of Hamburg, particularly for imports of bulk cargo. These goods were not affected by the first sanctions. However, that changed with the European Union’s sixth package of sanctions adopted on 3 June 2022. This bundle of sanctions includes a far-reaching embargo on Russian oil among other things. Imports of Russian crude oil are to be phased out over a period of six months and other refined petroleum products within eight months. No more Russian oil is to be shipped to the EU by sea next year.

Transhipment to and from Russia

  • The transhipment of goods to and from Russia is of considerable importance for the Port of Hamburg. The Russian Federation ranked second among Port of Hamburg's trading partners in terms of seaborne cargo handling in 2021 with 10.8 million tonnes. Around seven million tonnes of this was bulk cargo. Containerised general cargo was just over 3.7 million tonnes. Only about 100,000 tonnes were other general cargo.

    Most of the goods handled with Russia are imported. About nine million tonnes come from Russia and only 1.8 million tonnes take the opposite route from the Port of Hamburg to Russia.

  • Seaborne cargo Hamburg - Russia (import in 2021 approx. 9 million tonnes)

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  • Bulk cargo dominates Russia trade

    Russia ranks first in bulk cargo trade in the Port of Hamburg. Imports of Russian goods are particularly important in this trade relation. Statistics show that Russia leads with the highest volumes in several categories of bulk cargo. Last year, the throughput of Russian petroleum products accounted for 3.6 million metric tons. During the same period, around 3.2 million tons of coal from Russia were discharged in Hamburg.

  • Seaborne cargo Hamburg - Russia (export 2021 approx. 1.85 million tonnes)

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  • Container throughput down

    With the annexation of Crimea in 2014, the European Union implemented the first sanctions against Russia. Since then, container throughput in the Port of Hamburg's trade with Russia has steadily declined. While throughput in 2013 was 718,000 TEU, last year it was 337,000 TEU.

    Container handling has been particularly affected by the sanctions so far. After a temporary halt, container terminals have announced that they will continue to handle non-sanctioned goods. However, these must be individually exempted by customs.

  • Container traffic Hamburg - Russia

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Liner services between Hamburg and Russia

  • Regular liner services used to run between the Port of Hamburg and the Russian Baltic Sea ports of St. Petersburg,Ust-Luga,Kaliningrad and Bronka. There were also sporadic services to the ports of Murmansk and Arkhangelsk. In total,there were 13 liner services with these ports last year. Information on the current status of these services can be obtained from the respective shipping companies.

    The Port of Hamburg's liner services in intercontinental maritime traffic and in European feeder and short-sea traffic can be found in the "Port of Hamburg Liner Services" database.

    Port of Hamburg Liner Services

News & links

  • News

    • Port of Hamburg boosts container throughput market share
      News

      Handling results

      17 Aug 2022

      Port of Hamburg boosts container throughput market share

      - Upward trend for container throughput - Growth in transhipment - Downturn in bulk cargo handling - Double-digit growth in conventional cargoes

    • HHLA and EUROGATE make joint declaration on cooperation talks
      News

      Economy

      04 Jul 2022

      HHLA and EUROGATE make joint declaration on cooperation talks

      HHLA and EUROGATE have agreed to delay their talks.

    • Hamburg and Kyiv sign “Pact for Solidarity and the Future“
      News

      Economy

      25 Apr 2022

      Hamburg and Kyiv sign “Pact for Solidarity and the Future“

      Dr. Vitali Klitschko, Mayor of the City of Kyiv, and Hamburg’s First Mayor, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, have signed a “Pact for Solidarity and the Future” today.

    • A declaration of solidarity and humanity: enormous willingness to help HHLA families from Odessa
      News

      Economy

      09 Mar 2022

      A declaration of solidarity and humanity: enormous willingness to help HHLA families from Odessa

      It is the preliminary end of a long journey: on Wednesday morning, the first families of HHLA staff members from Ukraine arrived in Hamburg.

    • Port of Hamburg implements sanctions
      News

      Economy

      03 Mar 2022

      Port of Hamburg implements sanctions

      Terminals in Hamburg are no longer handling freight for transport to or from Russia. Shipping companies no longer accept any bookings.

    • Port of Hamburg’s seaborne cargo recovers in 2021
      News

      Handling results

      28 Feb 2022

      Port of Hamburg’s seaborne cargo recovers in 2021

      - Growth in container, general and bulk cargo throughput - Rail freight transport reaches record level - Successful shift of road transport to rail

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