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Our port: What you didn't know

The Port of Hamburg is one of the largest and most important sea ports in the world. Why? Here the hard facts speak for themselves. Impressive figures and fascinating data about the size of the port, cargo handling, traffic and lots more besides: the reason we are the Gateway to the World.

Large – but not in the least bit slow-moving

  • The port's surface area is 7200 hectares, which equals a tenth of the area of Hamburg.
  • Way out in front: in comparison with other European ports, Hamburg is placed third when it comes to sea cargo handling and second in container handling.
  • At the same time, Hamburg's Port is the third largest of Germany's inland ports.
  • The Port of Hamburg is the largest railway port in Europe.
  • The Port of Hamburg connects 950 ports in 178 countries with each other.
  • 156,000 people/jobs in the metropolitan region of Hamburg are directly and indirectly dependent on the port's operations – that is roughly the population of Potsdam.

The port in kilometres

  • The port area includes a total road network of 140 km.
  • The Port of Hamburg also owns 304 km of railway and 880 points.
  • 12 km of beach along the Elbe also belongs to the port area, and the HPA is responsible for its maintenance and upkeep.
  • 49 km of quay walls must be regularly inspected – that's as long as the Hamburg-Lüneburg line.
  • Over 130 bridges connect Hamburg's Port with the Elbe islands, in addition to which there are miscellaneous pontoon bridges.

Our performance

  • Around 10,000 ships a year use the Port of Hamburg.
  • In 2011, the total cargo handled in the Port of Hamburg was 132.2 million tonnes.
  • More than 200 freight trains with 5000 trucks a day make Hamburg Europe's largest railway port and the world's second largest.

Our performance

  • 1700 transport companies have their head offices in Hamburg.
  • 20 of the 25 largest liner shipping companies in the world have their European head office or a subsidiary in Hamburg.
  • More than 110 railway companies operate on the port railway network, a world record.

Where we are the biggest

  • Europe's biggest import port for coffee.
  • Europe's biggest market place for pharmaceutical raw materials.
  • The largest carpet trading and storage centre in the world (including the Speicherstadt warehouse district).
  • One of the largest paper trans-shipment centres in the world.
  • One of the leading trans-shipment centres in the world for tea, cocoa, coffee and spices.