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20 September 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 22:27 GMT+2



August 21, 2020

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In the second quarter, traffic in the port of Hamburg decreased by -16.0%

The containers amounted to about 1.9 million teu (-19,5%)

Freight traffic in the port of Hamburg was decline for the third quarter in a row. After the decline in -5.0% marked in the last quarter of 2019 compared to the same year-on-year and after a decrease of -8.1% recorded in the first quarter of 2020, in fact, in the period April-June this year the negative trend, due to impact on the port's port activities Pandemic of Covid-19, it was further exacerbated having been 16.0% with 29.3 million tonnes reported compared to 34.9 million tonnes in the second half of the year. 2019.

The reduction in freight volumes in the second quarter of this year was generated by the drop in traffic in all product segments. The least negative impact was charged with liquid bulks that, with 3.1 million tonnes, decreased by -3.1%. The sharper decline in other bulks that totaled 6.2 million tonnes (-13.9%), including 2.1 million tonnes of dusty bulk (-61,5%) 4.1 million tonnes of eventful loads bucket (-30.5%).

In the miscellaneous goods sector, the total was 20.0 million tonnes (-18.4%), including 19.7 million tonnes containerized goods (-18.2%) made with a handling 1.9 million teu (-19.5%) and 250,000 tonnes of conventional goods (-30.6%). The contraction of the container traffic was driven by the reduction in 19.8% of full containers, down to 1.7 million teu, while empty ones grew by 25.0% to 300,000 teu. In addition, flexion was produced more by containers in import and export, which totalled 1.2 million (-21.6%), as well as those in transfer, which amounted to 700,000 teu (-15.7%).

In the second half of 2020, the total goods landed German port stood at 16.1 million tonnes (-20.7%), while those on board were 13.2 million tonnes (-10.2%).

In the first half of this year, the port of Hamburg a total of 61.2 million tonnes of cargo, with a decrease of -12.0% in the first half of 2019, of which 33.7 million tonnes at landing (-16.3%) and 27.5 million tonnes at boarding (-6.1%).

Globally, in the first six months of 2020, 18.7 million tonnes of bulk (-11.7%), of which 5.8 million tonnes of liquid bulk (-10.8%), 4.1 million tonnes dusty loads (32.3%) and 8.8 million tons of bulk (-23.5%). Miscellaneous goods amounted to 42.5 million tonnes (-12.2%), of which 550,000 tonnes of goods (-24.7%) 41.9 million tonnes of goods containers (-12.0%) made with a handling of containers 4.1 million teu (-12.4%), including 3.6 million full teu (-12,6%) 500,000 voids (-7.4%) and with import/export traffic which amounted to 2.6 million teu (-11.3%) and with 1.5 million teu of transhipment traffic (-13.3%). The Authority Hamburg Port Has announced that containerised traffic China, which is the port's main trading partner German, fell by a total of -16.4% and were significant reductions in container traffic have also been recorded Russia (-14.9%), Sweden (-13.3%), South Korea (-14.4%), Denmark (-2.7%) Poland (-10.5%). On the other hand, the container traffic with the United States (1.7%), Singapore (5.5%), United Kingdom (39.0%) Malaysia (1.7%).

Commenting on the reduction in traffic of goods Hamburg in the first six months of this year, the CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing, Axel Mattern, highlighted that 'however, the decline in traffic in the first half of the year from the pandemic has severely affected all ports in Northern Europe. Due to the weakening of the world economy and disruptions delays in the global supply chain, he added. as expected, the impact was more significant compared to the first three months." About outlook for the coming months, the other CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing, Ingo Egloff, pointed out that "In recent months, there has been a normalisation ship departures. With the economies of China and Europe who are gradually recovering - he explained - I am confident that it is has already reached the lowest point of the decline maritime freight traffic caused by the pandemic and we will see a first remarkable recovery and an improvement situation by the end of the year.' Egloff, however, made it clear that it will take some time before we return to the levels pre-crisis, also because these perspectives do not take into account the effects of the ongoing trade wars, sanctions and pandemic outbreaks in other parts of the world.




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