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India – Important trading partner for Port of Hamburg

Monday, 28 October 2019 | 01:00

This year India has advanced to become one of the Port of Hamburg's Top Ten trading partners. With over 70 events, India Week Hamburg between 28 October and 3 November will provide an insight into India's variegated culture and economy.

The opening event for India Week Hamburg will be Hamburg-India Business Day at the Chamber of Commerce between 9:30 and 16:00 on 28 October 2019. India Week Hamburg will then be ceremonially opened the same day at 18:00 during a Senate reception at City Hall. Visitors to the building will also be able to brief themselves on fair, sustained tea production in Assam. India Week Hamburg is being organized by the Hamburg Senate with support from the Ministry for Culture and Media, German-Indian Round Table, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg Invest, Hamburg Representative Office in Mumbai and the Indian Consulate-General.

The Chipolbrok Cosmos
© HHM / Dietmar Hasenpusch

17 percent growth in container traffic with India

In the 2019 first half, 106,000 TEU – 20-ft standard containers – were handled in Hamburg on direct services with Indian ports, a gain of 17 percent. This brought India up into tenth place in Hamburg's ranking of its trading partners for container transport. With Hapag Lloyd and its partner shipowners ONE, YML and COSCO offering an additional weekly sailing from Hamburg on the IEX – South-East India–Europe Express service from November onwards, the prospects for further growth are good.
Ten liner services link the Port of Hamburg with India. Of these, four are container liner services, three are Ro-Ro services transporting vehicles, and three are general cargo services, also taking heavy cargo, plant and project shipments. 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 Hamburg and India. Shipping Corporation of India – S.C. India – is represented in Hamburg by a container service operated jointly with MSC.
Transit times between Hamburg and the Indian sub-continent are around two weeks to the West coast, and three to the East coast. The Elbe hub is linked with the Indian ports of Nhava Sheva, Mundra, Mumbai, Chennai, Ennore, Kolkata, Cochin, Kandla, Tuticorin, Visakhapatnam, Krishnapatnam, Hazira and Haldia. Containerships with slot capacities of 6,000-13,000 TEU and multi-purpose freighters with capacities of between 12,000 and 30,000 tons are deployed on ocean services with India.

The Port of Hamburg is served in Mumbai by the Hamburg Representative Office. Apart from their work on City of Hamburg projects, Peter Deubet and Lea Miram there also look after the port's affairs and are partners in organizing the 8th India Week in Hamburg.
Source: Port of Hamburg

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