Container Handling

  • For years now, container handling has been the dominant segment at the Port of Hamburg. HHLA's container terminals Altenwerder, Burchardkai and Tollerort as well as the Eurogate terminal clearly show how important container handling has become for the port.

    At just under 88 million tonnes, containerised cargo will account for around 70 per cent of the total throughput in 2020. The share of containerised cargo in total general cargo handling (the so-called containerisation rate) is now almost 99 percent at the Port of Hamburg.

    The remaining share in the general cargo sector is accounted for by the handling of conventional general cargo. Container throughput amounted to over 8.7 million TEU (20-foot standard containers) in Hamburg in the crisis year 2021.

    The more value-added loaded containers accounted for more than 88 per cent of container handling in Hamburg, a top figure among the North Range ports.

    In 2021, a total of 990,000 TEU were handled empty.

  • Total container throughput 1991 - 2021, in million TEU

    From: 1991 - 2021

  • Container Handling total, 1991 - 2021, in million TEU

    From: 1991 - 2021

  • Container full and empty, 1991 - 2020, in million TEU

    From: 1991 - 2021


    • 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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