Overview of cargo handling

The overview shows the figures for the segments of bulk cargo, liquid cargo, suction cargo, grabbable cargo, conventional general cargo and containers for recent years.

1990 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Cargo turnover (in mio. t) 61,4 140,4 110,4 121.2 132,2 130.9 139.0
Bulk cargo
32,8 42,5 36,8 40.3


39.4 42.3
Liquid cargo
15,3 15,6 14,4 14.1 13,9 14.1 14.6
Agribulk cargo
4,9 6,5 7,3 6.6 6,2 6.2 8.0
Grabber cargo
12,6 20,3 15,1 19.5 19,4 19.1 19.7
General cargo
28,6 97,9 73,6 80.9 92,6 91.5 96.8
Container (in mio. t gross) 20,3 95,1 71,2 78.4 90,1 89.4 94.8
20' container (in 1.000 TEU)
1969 9737 7008 7896 9014 8864 9258
Degree of containerization (share of containerized cargo in total general cargo) 68,6 97,1 96,7 96.8 97,3 97.7 98

Sea-borne cargo, imports and exports 2013

Sea-borne cargo transhipments In 2013 the Port of Hamburg’s seaborne cargo throughput reached 139 million tons (+ 6.2 percent).


Sea-borne cargo handling, 1975 to 2013

Sea-borne cargo transhipmentsIn 2013 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a seaborne cargo throughput totalling 139 million tons that represents an increase of 6.2 percent.

Container throughput, 2013

Container handling in the Port of HamburgWith throughput of 9.3 million TEU (20-ft standard containers), the increase in container traffic reached 4.4 percent.


Modal Split in Container Traffic, 2013

Modal SplitModal Split in Container Traffic


Bulk cargo handling, 2013

Bulk cargoIn 2012 throughput of bulk cargoes was stable at 39.4 million tons (- 0.4 percent), being only just below the previous year’s.

Conventional general cargo, 2013

conventional general cargo On non-containerized general cargo, at 1.9 million tons total throughput was 7.6 percent lower than the previous year’s.


Container handling, by trading area, 2013

trading areaTrend in the volume of container handling, broken down by trading area



Top 10 – Main Trading Partners, 2013

Top 10 foreign-trade partners The most important market partners for container handling at the Port of Hamburg in the year 2013.


Total port container handling

Worldwide Container HandlingThe container handling in the world-wide most important container ports you find


Container port throughput in a global comparison

VergleichContainer throuput at the world’s leading container ports: select up to 10 ports, or view the top 10 ports in the world.

Calls at the Port of Hamburg

Calls at the Port of HamburgIn the year 2011 9.681 vessels callled the Port of Hamburg overall. Thereof 4.922 were containerships.



What is project cargo?


Project cargo is especially large or bulky cargo that cannot be transported in a container. Examples are parts of cranes or wind power stations, turbines, or ship propellers.

How many berths does the Port of Hamburg have?


The Port of Hamburg has 320 berths.

How big is the Port of Hamburg?


The port covers an area of 7,399 hectares, of which 4,331 hectares are land area. An area of 919 hectares is planned for port expansion. The urban area covers 755 square kilometres.

What does “Loco” mean?


“Loco” refers to the part of the cargo traffic that has its destination in the area around the port. It is not transported to the hinterland.

What does the term “universal port” mean?


In addition to container handling, a universal port is geared to all forms of non-containerised cargo like project cargo, suction cargo, liquid cargo, grab cargo and bulk cargo.