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Hamburg most important port for Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is located in the middle of Europe and is one of the fast-expanding growth markets, following the enlargement of the EU. Due to its short distance to the Czech Republic, the port of Hamburg offers a wide range of transport options which enable fast processing of Czech imports and exports.

Among the roughly three million tonnes transported to and from the port of Hamburg, electronics, chemical products, machinery, fuels and lubricants dominate the import side. Czech exports, which use Hamburg's close-knit network of 120 global lines, consist mainly of motor vehicle parts, motor vehicles, electronics, machinery and chemical products. In addition to the goods destined for the Czech market, transit goods are also sent via the Czech Republic to Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. "The Czech Republic is one of the most important markets in Central Europe for the port of Hamburg and we are proud that the port of Hamburg is also the most important port of the Czech Republic," said Vladimir Dobos, Head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Delegation in Prague, during this year’s Port Convention. This took place on the 12th of October on the premises of the Municipal House in Prague.

From the left: Vladimir Dobos, Director of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Delegation in Prague; Ingo Egloff, Managing Director Port of Hamburg Marketing; Tino Klemm, Member of the HPA Management Board and the Supervisory Board; Dr. Torsten Sevecke, Director of the Port Authority and Innovation of the Authority for Economic Affairs, Transport and Innovation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
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In 2016 more than 470,000 containers were transported between the port of Hamburg and Czech container terminals. Ingo Egloff, Managing Director Port of Hamburg Marketing, told over 250 attending guests that more than 90 percent of the imported and exported containers to and from Hamburg are transported by rail in an environmentally friendly manner. "The 100 weekly container train connections between the terminals in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and those in the Port of Hamburg, which operator METRANS offers to so many retailers, illustrate the performance of our seaport hinterland traffic. The port of Hamburg has established itself as the leading seaport in the Czech market. The container handlers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia benefit greatly from the high number of train connections and the reliability of these transports," Ingo Egloff emphasized.
The port of Hamburg is also very interested in alternatives to freight transport on rail and by road, because of a projected increase in seaport traffic of around 54 percent by the year 2030. "Together with business leaders and our associates we are committed to events and initiatives to improve the navigability of the river Elbe. Repair works and expansion plans are necessary for this purpose. We want the Czech waterways to become reliably connected to the European network of waterways and also that the navigability of the Elbe River in Germany itself will be guaranteed. This would also benefit the inland waterway transport sector, navigating between the Czech Republic and Hamburg, and it could relieve both road and rail," explained Egloff.

The Port Authority, which has been active in Prague for 27 years, is host to the annual Port Convention. With its commitment the company ensures that business relations between the Czech and Slowak partners and the Port of Hamburg Marketing affiliates will be maintained and further enhanced.

Source: Hafen Hamburg

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