About 7,500 ocean-going ships arrive in the Port of Hamburg every year. The Asia trades are one of the main markets: In 2020 an average of 18 full-container Asia services called in Hamburg every week. In addition 41 liner services Nord Europe, 16 to Africa, 15 to Red Sea / Golf, 11 to South America, 12 bound for Northamerica and ten to Middle America as well as various direct connections with other trade routes, e.g. India/Pakistan, Central America/Caribbean and Australia/Pacific.
Hamburg sees continuous growth in the number of calls by containerships with a capacity of 10,000 TEU and more, the ultra-large containerships (ULCS). In 2020 764 ULCSs tied up in Hamburg. Terminal operators have long since adapted to this trend and extended their facilities accordingly.