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.

    In 2022, 8.3 million TEUs passed over the quaysides in the Port of Hamburg. With just under 82.3 million tonnes transported, container handling thus accounts for around 70 percent of total handling. The share of container cargo in total general cargo handling, also known as the degree of containerisation, is almost 99 percent in the Port of Hamburg.

    Loaded containers make up the more value-added part of container handling. With 7.3 million loaded TEUs, they account for almost 88 percent of the total container throughput (8.3 million TEUs). Around 990,000 TEU were handled empty in 2022.

    A quarterly comparison reveals a positive trend in the first half. Down by 12.3 percent, throughput fell steeply in the fourth quarter, however. The rise in throughputs normally seen in the pre-Christmas period failed to happen, mainly due to increased energy costs and high inventories in the industry.

  • Total container throughput 1991 - 2022, in million TEU

    From: 1991 - 2022

  • Container Handling import and export, 1991 - 2022, in million TEU

    From: 1991 - 2022

  • Container full and empty, 1991 - 2022, in million TEU

    From: 1991 - 2022


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    • 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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