Bulk Cargo Handling 2021

  • The goods handled as bulk cargo in maritime transport, such as ore, coal, building materials, grain, fertilisers or mineral oil products, reached a total volume of around 40 million tonnes in the Port of Hamburg in 2021. This makes Hamburg by far the largest port in Germany for the handling of seaborne goods in bulk.

    Bulk cargo handling can in turn be divided into three sub-sectors: At 21.6 million tonnes in 2021, grab cargo is the most handled sector in Hamburg. This includes goods such as ore and coal with the largest individual items in terms of volume.

    Liquid cargo such as mineral oil products, biodiesel or chemical products belongs to the second strongest sub-segment in bulk cargo handling in the Port of Hamburg with 11.8 million t in 2021.

    The third sub-segment is the handling of suction cargo or agribulk. In 2021, 6.4 million tonnes were registered in Hamburg.

  • Import, in million tons

  • Export, in million tons


    • Christian Ulken

      Christian Ulken

      Market Research Manager, Port

      +49 40 37709 117


      I analyze the port stage of the transport chain, compiling monthly market research reports for our members. To have my finger directly on the pulse of the Port of Hamburg is my motivation.

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