Port of Hamburg sees India as a major trading partner

India handled 106,000 TEU – 20-ft standard containers at Port of Hamburg in the first half of 2019 and saw a growth of 17% in the India-Hamburg sea trade. With this growth, India has conquered the 10th position in Hamburg’s ranking of its trading partners for container transport.

Furthermore, the weekly sailing offered by Hapag Lloyd and its partner shipowners ONE, YML and COSCO from Hamburg on the IEX – South-East India–Europe Express service starting from November onwards have made the prospect for further growth better.

The ten liner services which include container, general cargo, heavy cargo, and RO-RO-services connect the port with India several times a week. The two ports transport goods such as machinery and equipment, metals and metal products, chemical products, textiles and clothing.

Currently, ANL, APL, Chipolbrok, CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping, Hamburg Süd, Hapag-Lloyd, Höegh Autoliners, Maersk Line, MOL RoRo, MSC, NYK RoRo, ONE, Rickmers-Line, SAL, and Van Uden are the shipping companies sailing between Port of Hamburg and India. Shipping Corporation of India is represented in Hamburg by a container service operated jointly with MSC.

Transit times between Port of Hamburg and the Indian sub-continent are around two weeks to the West coast, and three to the East coast. A deployment of containerships with slot capacities of 6000-13000 TEU and multi-purpose freighters with capacities of between 12000 and 30000 tons takes place on ocean services with India.

The Indian ports of Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Mumbai, Chennai, Ennore, Kolkata, Cochin, Kandla, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Krishnapatnam, Hazira, and Haldia are connected with the Elbe hub.

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