Rail holds pole position in Hamburg
In Germany’s port of Hamburg more than 135 million t of seaborne cargo traffic are cleared annually. On the overland seaport-hinterland routes, rail is in pole position with 48.2%, ahead of trucking with 41.4% and inland shipping with 10.2%.
In Q1/2019, a total of 12.5 million t of freight were transported by rail between the port of Hamburg and destinations within Germany and Europe, an increase of 7.7% compared to the previous year. The growth in container traffic was markedly higher: 690,000 teu were transported by rail.
The increase in railfreight is mainly due to the four new transatlantic liner services connecting Hamburg with the USA, Canada and Mexico, and new container blocktrain services. (ben)