Hamburg has been the most important port for Austrian industry in containerised traffic for over 30 years. The Hanseatic city is optimally accessible for the Austrian economy by rail and connects it with markets all over the world.
Driving time and rest period regulations for truck transport
Alexander Till, Head of the Port of Hamburg Marketing Representative Office in Vienna, provides information on the current situation in Austria: "In Austria, all terminals for combined transport (CT) - as of Thursday - are open. A few days ago, the government lifted these so that deliveries can now be made at night and on weekends."
Alexander Till, Head of the Port of Hamburg Representative Office in Vienna © HHM / Achim Multhaupt
Due to the low volumes that are expected - especially regarding imports - all suppliers have already suspended trains as of this week, next week and the week after next there will be even more. The talk is of about 30 percent less capacity. Added to this is the unclear situation in the export sector, as many manufacturing companies in Austria are closed for the next one or two weeks. This makes it impossible at present to determine how much volume there will be in Austrian exports in the coming weeks. It is also still unclear how the unloading of import containers will function when many companies have closed.
Top performance in the transport sector
"Freight forwarders, transporters, train and terminal operators are doing a great job, ensuring that the supply for Austria is maintained as well as possible", says Till. Wherever possible, employees of the freight forwarders and shipping agencies are at the home office and office operations are essentially unrestricted.
Source. Hafen Hamburg