The Czech Republic is geographically located in the middle of Europe and is one of the fastest growing economic growth markets in the EU. Due to its short distance to the Czech Republic, the Port of Hamburg offers a variety of transport options for the fast and reliable handling of Czech import and export goods. Every year, around three million tons of goods are transported via the port of Hamburg to and from the Czech Republic.
"The Czech Republic is one of the most important markets in Central Europe for the port of Hamburg and we are pleased that the Port of Hamburg is the gateway to the world for the Czech economy. This is also illustrated by the growth in container traffic, which rose by around 8.6 percent last year and continues to develop positively this year," said Vladimír Doboš, Head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in Prague. More than 480,000 containers were transported between the port of Hamburg and the Czech container terminals in 2018.
Left to righ: Thomas Lütje (HHLA), Ingo Egloff (Board of Management HHM), Dr. Ing. Hans-Peter Hinrichsen (Deputy Ambassador of Germany in Prague), dr. Alexander Puk (Economic Department of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague), Vladimír Doboš (Head of the Representation of Prague), Bernard Bauer (Managing Director DTIHK) Photo: © HHM
Ingo Egloff, Managing Director Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V. (HHM), in his welcome speech to the more than 250 guests, emphasized that more than 90 percent of the import and export containers to and from Hamburg are transported by rail, which is environmentally friendly. "The 120 weekly container train connections between transshipment terminals in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the container terminals in the Port of Hamburg, which are offering many loading points, in particular by the operator METRANS, illustrate the high performance of our seaport hinterland traffic. The Port of Hamburg has established itself in the Czech market as the leading seaport. The shippers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia thoroughly benefit from the very large number of train connections and the reliability of this traffic. We are very pleased that container traffic by rail in particular will ensure further growth," said Mr Egloff. In addition to the goods destined for the Czech market, transit goods are also forwarded via the Czech Republic to the nations of Slovakia, Austria and Hungary.
On the occasion of the annual Harbor Evening, the port representation officials of Hamburg had invited representatives of business, associations, organizations and members of HHM to the beautiful premises of the Municipal House in Prague. The agency, which has been active in Prague for 29 years, is the host of the traditional event and, with its diverse activities in the market, ensures that the contacts with the Czech and Slovak business community are systematically expanded and well maintained. The information and networking events, as well as trade fair and conference participations organized by HHM, offer clear advantages to the HHM members active in these markets.
Source: Hafen Hamburg