• Digital Briefing: Green Hydrogen in Northern Germany

    Posted on 12th March 2021

    Northern Germany is shaping up to become a hotspot for green hydrogen. Several federal states in the region have joined forces to form the initiative HY-5. The aim is to promote the settlement of new companies on an international scale and to support local companies, opening up ample opportunities in the industry.

    Moreso, the region offers a variety of unique advantages for the production of renewable energies and has a large demand potential for green hydrogen. This is especially owed to industrial companies in the area.

    What’s in it for your business?

    Find out in our 4 digital briefings, which will cover specific aspects of Germany’s green hydrogen sector and include an industry overview, advice on doing business in Germany and information about available support for international companies.

    Please register here:


    Digital Briefing: The Production of Green Hydrogen
    The energy of the future

    FRIDAY 12 MARCH 2021 9:00-10:30 (CET)

    What are the challenges in producing green hydrogen and where is the industry headed? Learn about the opportunities green hydrogen offers and how the Northern German states plan to seize them.


    Digital Briefing: Green Metals & Manufacturing

    Decarbonisation and sector coupling: The hydrogen demand of the future 

    13-16 APRIL 2021 9:00-10:30 (CEST)

    Green hydrogen can play an integral role in the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries such as the metalworking sector and help increase sustainable sector coupling.


    Digital Briefing: Green Mobility & Transportation

    Green hydrogen for mobility & transportation

    7 MAY 2021 9:00-10:30 (CEST)

    Transportation and traffic are regarded as one of the main sources of emissions. An estimated 95% of it must be converted to alternative drives. Green hydrogen can make a vital contribution towards achieving that goal.


    Digital Briefing: Green Storage & Distribution

    Maritime Industry and Infrastructure: The Supply Chain of the Future

    15 JUNE 2021 9:00-10:30 (CEST)

    Northern Germany offers ideal conditions for storage and distribution. How can the maritime industry leverage the benefits of green hydrogen? How can existing value chains and infrastructures be used to support a green hydrogen economy?


  • IIFT Delegation in Hamburg

    Posted on 3rd March 2020

    From 03. February, 2020 to 07. February, 2020, the Hamburg Representation had the pleasure to welcome the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade from Delhi in Hamburg.

    Initially, the 65 students received a warm and vivacious welcome at the Consulate General of India, and simultaneously got a chance to interact with the faces of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. The candidates then got an opportunity to learn more about Hamburg-India business relations through a presentation held by Dr. Tiwari from the Technical University of Hamburg, a representative of the German Indian Round Table.

    The second day commenced with a brief tour through the impressive building of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce. Special thanks to Dr. Doris Hillgerfor introducing the students of IIFT Delhi to Hamburg as a profound business location. After a lecture at HSBA and a company visit at Hapag Lloyd the day finally came to an end with welcome remarks by city representative Corinna Niensted at the Hamburg Town Hall, along with the introduction of the Head of India Desk Julie-Ann Shirashi into Hamburg-India relations and the annual India Week Hamburg.

    Wednesday was solely dedicated to the maritime and costal sides of Hamburg. Axel Mattern, CEO Port of Hamburg Marketing, and Daniel Jahnfrom HPA Hamburg Port Authority granted the candidates some valuable insights into the operations and working cultures of their institutions.

    Throughout the whole week, site visits to various relevant and linchpin Hamburg-based companies took place. The students visited representatives from Hapag-Lloyd, Airbus, HHLA, various port terminals as well as vessel coordination points in the port of Hamburg and thus got an impression of Hamburg's vital logistics and aviation industry.Finally, the students got to know the beautiful sides of Hamburg during a city tour with a visit of Elbphilharmony and a boat cruise through the famous port of Hamburg.

    On behalf of the whole delegation, the Hamburg Representation Mumbai sends its heartiest regards to all concerned parties for this eventful and prolific week and hopes that it has brought Hamburg a bit closer to India.

  • India Week Hamburg 2019

    India Week Hamburg was a huge success for fostering the growing relations between Hamburg and India.

    The eighth edition of “India Week Hamburg”, which celebrates and promotes the relationship between the Free and Hanseatic City and its partner country India, took place from 28thof October to 3rd of November 2019. The Senate Chancellery coordinates this biennial event in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and Media in Hamburg, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg Invest, the German-Indian Round Table (Hamburg Chapter, the Consulate General of the Republic of India for Hamburg and Northern Germany) as well as the Hamburg Representation Mumbai.

    The purpose of the event is to display the multiple ties between Hamburg and India, strengthen existing partnerships and create new opportunities for cooperation. In 2019, the program comprised more than 76 events. This year’s “India Week Hamburg” had it´s off with the “Hamburg-India Business Day” at Hamburg Chamber of Commerce on 28th October, followed by the ceremonial opening in the town hall by the First Mayor of Hamburg, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, in a Senate reception. Keynote speaker and guest of honour was Günter Butschek, CEO of TATA Motors Ltd. The “Hamburg-India Business Day” is a full day conference on recent economic and political developments after the formation of the new federal government in India, combined with a range of breakout sessions on business-relevant issues including import/export, market entry and expansion strategies, tax & legal, sustainability, innovation and digitalisation.

    Last but not least, we were very happy to arrange a reunion with all our former HRM interns. Thank you for your support! It was great to see you!

    We hope to see you all again in 2021!


  • Startups from India and Hamburg take another step towards each other

    On 18th October the “Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg Roadshow – An Indo-German Logistics Startups Connect“ took place in Mumbai. With this event startups from India were given the chance to learn about opportunities in Germany. In the morning session, several startups from the logistics sector presented their work. After lunch and a networking break, the keynote speakers presented their area of expertise. Lee Lee Ong, who is working for our partner Hamburg Invest, informed about Hamburg as a great hotspot for startups. This message was reinforced by Johannes Berg (Managing Director of Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg) who enlightened about the startup scene in Hamburg. In return, Vikram Gupta (Founder and Managing Director at IvyCap Ventures), Prasad Menon (Chief Executive Officer at Centre for Incubation & Business Acceleration CIBA) and Raghavendran Viswanathan (Founder and CEO of FrightBro) gave an insight into the Indian startup scene and shared their experiences.

    We are happy to hear that FrightBro is the first Indian Logistics Startup which will join Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg.

    We are looking forward to seeing a growing partnership between Hamburg and India.

    Read more about it here.

  • German Days 3.0 in Mumbai 2019

    From 10 – 13 October the German Days, organized by the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC), took place in Mumbai. The event included several conferences, a Carnival celebration for families and the Oktoberfest. We were pleased to participate and experience the taste of Germany in India.

    We had the chance to introduce and promote Hamburg as a business location at the investor’s conference. Different businessmen came to the conference to learn more about Germany as a business location and its different regions. Moreover, the IGCC organized a conference on sustainability and CSR. Different speakers from both companies and NGOs shared their experiences and projects regarding sustainability and CSR. In an open panel discussion there was the opportunity to discuss how to improve sustainable economic development and inclusive growth.

    The Oktoberfest created a platform to meet different stakeholders but also to enjoy German food and beer.

    We enjoyed being part of the German Days and we are looking forward to the next year!

  • INMEX SMM India 2019

    The 11th edition of South Asia’s leading maritime trade show, INMEX SMM India, has been a huge success for both visitors and exhibitors.

    From 3 to 5 October 2019 the INMEX SMM India took place in Mumbai. More than 5000 visitors came to meet over 260 exhibitors from 20 nations. They presented the latest trends and innovative products in the maritime industry. In addition, there were different conferences on current topics of the maritime industry. Several networking events enabled room for business talks and new contacts.

    The joint venture of one of our partners, Hamburg Messe and Congress GmbH, and Informa Markets was launched in 2015 and happens every two odds years. The next INMEX SMM India will take place from 11 to 13 October 2021 at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

    We appreciated being part of this event and used this opportunity to represent and promote Hamburg and its upcoming trade fairs in an international context. 

    Please find more information here.

  • Hapag-Lloyd Press Conference on two new services from and to India

    Looking back on an informative press conference on 27th September in Taj Lands End in Mumbai regarding the two new services Hapag-Lloyd will be launching at the end of this month.

    Hapag-Lloyd announced the launch of two new services:

    1. The South East India – Europe Express (IEX)
    2. The Middle East-India-Africa Express (MIAX)

    These new services will improve the connection between India and Europe as well as Africa. We are pleased about the great commitment of a company from Hamburg towards India.

  • Seminar on “Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals Affordable Green Excellence as Driver of Business and Societal Development”

    We appreciated taking part in the seminar on “Frugal Innovation for Sustainable Development Goals Affordable Green Excellence as Driver of Business and Societal Development” on 25. September in Mumbai.

    Different speakers from Germany and India gave an insight into their work, research fields and findings regarding frugal innovations. With regard to the Sustainable Development Goals, there is a necessity for more frugal innovations. Frugal does not only refer to financial aspects. Dr. Rajnish Tiwari gave a short but clear definition of what frugal means:

    F- Focused functionality
    R - Robust and resource-efficient
    U - User-friendly
    G - Growth opportunities
    A - Affordable (for consumer, society, environment and infrastructure)
    L – Less complex

    Next to the interesting input, there was time for networking. We are glad about the participation of the Hamburg University of Technology. The university is working closely with Indian stakeholders and welcomes many Indian students to Hamburg every year.

    We thank DWIH New Delhi for organizing this interesting event and we are looking forward to further seminars.  

  • The annual meeting of Hamburg's global representatives

    Looking back to insightful days during our annual meeting of Hamburg’s global representatives from 11. - 12. September.

    It was a pleasure to meet our colleagues from all over the world for an exchange and to learn about the latest developments and trends in Hamburg. Thanks to Nina Hoefner and the team of Hamburg Marketing for organizing this event.


    Find more information about it here.

  • The Rotary Delegation in Hamburg

    Posted on 17th June 2019

    It was a great pleasure to welcome our Indian delegation at the Rotary International Convention 2019 in Hamburg.

    We hope the provided programme -  which included a harbor tour, a visit to the consulate and a visit to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea as well as numerous meetings – brought Hamburg a bit closer to Mumbai.

    With beautiful memories of interesting days we return back to Mumbai. The Hamburg Representation Mumbai would be happy to welcome the Rotary Club in Hamburg soon again!

  • Germany cheers for India - so does Hamburg

    Posted on 16th June 2019

    After Germany was supported in the football world cup 2018 by Virat Kohli, Volkswagen initiated the #GermanyCheersForIndia campaign having Thomas Müller (a famous German football player) as their ambassador for the cricket world cup 2019.

    Bringing together German and Indian cricket enthusiasts, Volkswagen and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce set up an entertaining world cup screening of Pakistan against India.

    The Hamburg Representation Mumbai attended the exciting cricket match and felt a strong team spirit among all participants. We are looking forward to further support the Indian team.

    A big thank you to VolkswagenIndia for the great event!

  • Continuing cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Max Müller Bahvan

    Posted on 7th June 2019

    Strengthening our cooperation to the Goethe-Institut Max Müller Bahvan, Martine Wolber (Hamburg Assistant) was happy to give insides about Hamburg to the students. It was a pleasure to meet the students and to share German culture & language.

    As there is a big interest in studying in Germany, we hope to welcome the future German experts soon in our beautiful city of Hamburg.

  • Business Management in the 21st century

    Posted on 10th May 2019

    On Friday, the 10th of May 2019, the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the Xavier School of Management organized a seminar on the legal, ethical, moral and spiritual challenges in today's working environment

    A highly competitive market is often leading to decreasing wages and puts a lot of pressure on the working sector. It is arising the questions – what is considered to be ethically justifiable? – Do businesses have a certain responsibility towards society?

    In regard to this question Ozzie Mascarenhas referred to a definition of ethics which says that not the law is telling you what is right or wrong, your conscious plays the key role.

    A panel discussion gave an overview of different stakeholders offering different solutions to ensure higher productivity, fostering of good human relations, employee development and image building in the broader society.

    During a Q & A Session the audience was able to address the stakeholders directly. The whole event was finished by high tea which was used for some networking.

  • Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Climate Change

    Posted on 3rd May 2019

    Catching up the topic of Sustainability, the Hamburg Representation joined the Climate Change Forum this Friday, 3rd of Mai, in Mumbai. The overall aim was to identify and discuss drivers of climate change and to talk about mitigation and adaptation strategies. The event was realized by a cooperation of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, TISS, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, AMFORI, Global Shapers Community Mumbai and South Asia Institute. After opening remarks by Marja Einig, Deputy Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, presentations about climate change, existing effects in India and future scenarios for Mumbai and Maharashtra gave a deeper insights into the topic.

    Keeping the previous presentations in mind, all participants were assigned to six groups discussing about the sectors “Mobility & transportation”, “Industrial Production” and “Agriculture”. In this framework three discussion rounds took place while sectors and the group composition were changed. At the end every participant contributed to “Drivers of climate change in Mumbai and Maharashtra”, “Strategies for the mitigation of climate change”, and “Impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies” in at least two sectors. The table discussions, also called World Café, gave all participants the opportunity to exchange their ideas and to gain new knowledge. 

    At the end, all results were summed up and presented. Coffee and lunch break were used for networking or to further discuss heated up topics. The whole forum was closed with an outlook by Naman Gupta talking about the action on Climate Change of Maharashtra State Policies.

    We want to give a big thank you to the organizers and all participants for the content that has been shared. We hope to not only report about climate change in future and rather about a change in thinking from India.

  • IUC Delegation from Hamburg visits India

    Posted on 6th March 2019

    Over the last two weeks, we had the pleasure to guide a delegation from Hamburg on its business trip around India. Together, we enjoyed several diverse events and presentations and got to meet interesting people and to learn about their visions and future-defining ideas while discussing potential collaborations.

    Starting off in Mumbai, the delegates immediately immersed themselves in the Indian way of life and its colourful, impressive culture by discovering India’s heart through a city walk and by meeting with most diverse people, among them artists, investors, regulators, business people and visionaries.

    As one focus topic of the delegation was sustainability regarding urban planning and urban transportation, the agenda included a visit of the World CSR Day in Mumbai, where Sebastian Hofer from Hamburger Hochbahn AG, the local infrastructure provider in Hamburg, appeared as a panellist. Sascha Westermann was honoured with an award as one of the most impactful City Leaders, in regard to his ITS activities in Hamburg - Hamburg is going to host the World ITS Congress in 2021.

    We were delighted at the invitation of Hamburg Ambassador Heiko Mohn to have dinner together and enjoyed to share the latest news from Hamburg, as well as receiving information on the current status of the Indian market.

    Our second Hamburg Ambassador in India, Amita Desai, welcomed the delegates at the next stop, Hyderabad. Thanks to the support of Ms. Desai, we got the chance to reap the benefits of several fruitful exchanges, such as those at T-Hub and Genome Valley. T-Hub Hyderabad is India’s largest incubator for start-ups and introduced us to several promising businesses with potential for future collaborations. Focussing on life science, Genome Valley emphasizes on one of Hamburg’s key industries and therefore was another crucial destination of our travel.

    Having left Hyderabad with a load of new ideas and inspirations, the delegation, including representatives from the senate chancellery, Hamburg Hochbahn and HafenCity University, finally went to Vijayawada to discuss future-defining topics regarding urban planning and international cooperation. Urban planning tools and Real Time Governments are two examples of the discussed projects.

    The IUC programme of the European Union, under which the partnership between Hamburg and Vijayawada has been established, aims to enable cities to link up and share solutions to common problems. Cooperation on sustainable urban development, action under the global Covenant of Mayors initiative and innovation for local and regional development are to be fostered. We are very happy to have met our partners, who have hosted us with overwhelming hospitality.

    On behalf of the whole delegation, we would like to thank all concerned parties for these two eventful, yielding and prolific weeks. We have been amazed by the newly-discovered opportunities and newly-gained insights into businesses and urban development in India and are looking forward to our further collaboration!

  • Visit to Goethe-Institut

    Posted on 14th February 2019

    Last week, Hamburg Business Assistant Jochen Slabon has visited the Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai for the purpose of presenting the City of Hamburg, as well as the local opportunities for studying, to young students of the German language. The audience was fascinated by the hanseatic city and delighted with the possibilities of cultural leisure activities on the banks of river Elbe. The presented universities have been met with big interest. Some participants of the C1 level language class had already come up with the specific plan of studying in Germany; thanks to the detailed answers provided to their questions, they have been able to thoroughly acquaint themselves with the respective requirements, ways of funding and contact points within the context of the presentation.

    Goethe-Institut Mumbai and Hamburg Representation Mumbai stand in close cooperation with each other, aiming at motivating young people from India to come to Hamburg and to foster the exchange between the respective cultures. The Goethe-Institut acts as a language school and a mediator of German culture on a worldwide basis. Besides the economic relations, the Hamburg Representation also establishes and maintains cultural and academic connections between Hamburg and India; therefore, HRM and Goethe-Institut complement each other seamlessly. We are glad that the existing network between our two institutions as well as between Hamburg and India could be strengthened and intensified by this event.

  • German Days

    Posted on 29th November 2018

    The October heat has finally ended (hopefully!), and we are now looking forward to a pleasant and progressive Winter season here in Mumbai. In this blog, we are going to brief you about the happenings and developments at Hamburg Representation Mumbai in the last couple of months.

    September 2018

    In September Peter Deubet and Lea Miram were in Hamburg attending the annual meeting of the Hamburg Representatives organised by Hamburg Marketing and Hamburg Invest. During this meeting, various events offered not only the opportunity of an exchange of ideas between old and new representatives but also of networking with important stakeholders in Hamburg.

    October 2018

    In October Lea Miram took part in the Working Group "Invest in Germany" in the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in New Delhi to drive the Indo-German collaboration further.

    A lot was happening in the second week of October. From 12th – 14th October we participated in “German Days” which is one of the most important events in our annual calendar. Leading German companies were present under one roof showcasing their technology and future projects. Besides the official Investors Conference which gave several representations a platform to present themselves, there was also an educational event conducted for prospective Indian students interested in studying in Germany.

    If you think German Days are only about business and work, they are not! Every day, after 6 p.m. there used to be special “Oktoberfest” celebrations. Being a traditional German festival, there were many authentic German things on offer including German food, German music and authentic German beer.

    All in all the past couple of months have been fruitful as well as exuberant and exhilarating. The picture above sums it up very well. Hope you enjoyed reading this blog.
    Bis bald!

  • Vibrant Gujarat

    Posted on 26th November 2018

    Today (26.11.2018) at Trident Mumbai, Hamburg Representation Mumbai attended a roadshow for Vibrant Gujarat 2019, a global trade show, which was organised by iNdEXTb (Industrial Extension Bureau). Vibrant Gujarat is the flagship event of Govt. of Gujarat which takes place every second year. The significance of Vibrant Gujarat 2019 is self-evident, when the Chief Minister of the state himself visits even the promotional event to the actual trade show.

    Along with the Chief Minister of the state, Mr. Vijay Rupani, this high profile event was attended by Dr. JN Singh, the Chief Secretary to the Government of Gujarat, Principal Secretary (Industries), Mr. M. K. Das and many industrialists and businessmen.

  • Studying in Hamburg

    Ever thought of studying abroad? We’re sure you must have. But then let’s be honest, it’s not easy to leave home and study in a foreign environment. There are many factors like finance, getting visas, language barrier, choice of courses etc. that come into play when going to study in another country. Although we cannot be oblivious to these factors, the fact is, studying abroad has never been as easier as it is today. Especially, if that place is Hamburg.

    In this blog, we’ll be sharing some of the advantages of pursuing higher studies in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

    Education & research
    The city has 16 university-level institutions, public and private that offer prospective students a diverse range of programmes to choose from. Universität Hamburg alone offers around 150 major courses at higher education level. So, finding a course of your choice shouldn’t be that difficult. Hamburg also lays emphasis on research and was recently awarded the tag of the most innovative city in Germany.

    Low Tuition Fees
    Like in other countries like the US, UK and France, it doesn’t cost a fortune to receive a quality education in Germany. Most of the state universities don’t charge tuition fees. But do not be mistaken, it is not completely free. Students at all higher education institutions have to pay a semester contribution. This is not the tuition fees; rather, it may be considered as a payment towards the extra services provided to the students. For eg. At many higher education institutions, it also includes a semester ticket that allows you to use public transport in the region. The semester contribution varies from institution to institution and usually falls between 100 and 350 EUR. 

    Cost of living
    Well, we know that this is the most important factor for many students who are planning to study in Hamburg. Cost of living is arbitrary and depends a lot on the lifestyle of an individual. For example, if you choose to live in the city centre and prefer eating out in a restaurant regularly, then obviously you need to shell more money. But overall it is estimated that within 750-800 euro a month, a student can manage a decent life in Hamburg.

    So, you still might have a feeling that even the sum of 750 Euro is a lot for you. Worry not, there are various scholarships on offer to make studying abroad relatively easier for students, especially the international students.

    DAAD: Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst
    The DAAD supports over 100,000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year – making it the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind. Since it was founded, the DAAD has supported more than 2.0 million academics in Germany and abroad. In 2017 the DAAD-funded 139,758 people from all regions of the world – 50 percent of whom were women. Apart from that DAAD also offers guidance and workshops to the prospective international students in Germany, so that they face least problems when in a foreign land.

    Deutschland Stipendium
    The Deutschland stipendium provides financial and non-material support to high-achieving and committed students from all over the world. Modelled after the principle of public-private partnership, businesses, foundations or private individuals sponsor young talent with a pledge of 150 euros per month. The Federal Government matches this amount with another 150 euros. But there is even more: Many universities and private sponsors also support Deutschland stipendium holders through concurrent mentoring programmes, networking events and internships.

    Part-time jobs
    In Hamburg doing a part-time job while studying at a university is very common. Therefore, if you possess some good skills, finding a decent part-time job in Hamburg should not be that difficult for you. How much you get paid at a job depends greatly on how much you know, what your skills are, where you’re working and what industry you’re working in. As Hamburg ranks very high at the quality of life index, there is a high rate of pay even for a part-time job. Having said that, we would advise you to be fully aware of the rules and regulations before opting for a job.

    Student life
    If you have read our previous blog, you would be aware that Hamburg is considered as one of the best cities to live in, not just in Europe, but the entire world. Being a popular destination among international students, Hamburg has a large chunk of the young population. This means that nightlife can be anything but boring in a city full of youngsters. Not a party person? Not a problem, Hamburg caters to the need of every individual. There are plenty of museums, theatres, parks etc. to keep you entertained. Moreover, thanks to its geographical location, on weekends you can always hop on a train and visit cities like Berlin, Amsterdam etc.

    Other advantages
    There are several other advantages of studying in Hamburg. The city boasts a very good transportation system and it’s easy to commute within the city. Also, you get the opportunity to meet new people and learn a new language. It’s always beneficial to have an extra language added in your Resume, right? In addition to that, Hamburg enjoys a good employment rate, thanks to its open business environment. Also, after you have finished your studies, you can extend your stay up to 18 months (if not an EU citizen already) to find a suitable job for yourself.

    We hope that this blog might have offered you some insights and you enjoyed reading it. We’ll try to come up with another informative topic for our next blog, till then Tschüß!! 

  • Hamburg – what you didn’t know

    What does Hamburg have in common with cities like Melbourne, Vancouver and Vienna? According to the latest city ranking of The Economist, all three of them are among the TOP 10 of the most liveable cities in the world.

    Hamburg: Rank 10 of the "52 Places to go in 2017", says the New York Times. Rank 10 of the "World’s most liveable cities" The Economist adjudged last year. Rank 19 of the 450 "Cities with the best quality of life in the world" in the ranking of the International Business Insider. Furthermore in 2018, Hamburg has been declared as one of the TOP 10 cities "Must see destinations", according to Lonely Planet.

    What are the reasons for these top positions of the metropolis by the water in the rankings of well-known international media?

    The fact that Hamburg is defined as a unique business location in Germany due to its location factors, is not new. The maritime commercial metropolis is certainly often associated with the port economy or its function as a "gateway to the world". Hamburg is known for being the third largest container port in Europe and the third largest civil aviation location in the world in terms of employees.

    But did you know that Tesafilm, water wings and even the classic Barbie doll were invented in Hamburg? The mix is rounded off by the motto "Tradition meets Modernity". Since 2017, Hamburg is the official founder capital of Germany! With 253 foundations per 10,000 inhabitants, Hamburg overtook the perpetual winner, Berlin, for the first time.

    Moreover, in terms of quality of life, Hamburg is everything else than inferior to its other major German counterparts. Especially, in regard to housing, Hamburg is far ahead. Nowhere else people are as happy as in Hamburg regarding the aspects of living space and leisure time. In this category, Hamburg scores 7.66 out of 10 points and gains the top position (see Deutsche Post Glücksatlas). According to the latest ranking from the travel platform travelbird, Hamburg is the greenest city in Germany. On average there are 114 square meters green area per person available. Internationally, Hamburg occupies the ninth rank of the greenest cities (see travelbird).

    Hamburg also ranks at top positions in relation to family friendliness (see Immobilienportal Homeday), diversity (see study Koerber Foundation), internationalization of education and in the ranking of the most creative cities – which, for instance, is reflected in the great success of Golden Lions at the Cannes Film Festival. Last but not least, its inhabitants are also quite sportive. Nowhere else in Germany 16.4 gyms per 100.000 inhabitants can be counted.

    Hamburg is also in the fast lane in terms of digital mobility. With its ITS strategy and the use of information and communication technology, Hamburg is speeding up. According to the current mobility study of the German Aerospace Center "Digital Mobility in Germany's Cities", Hamburg once again occupies the top position in the German comparison to other cities. Last but not least, Hamburg will also host the ITS World Congress in 2021.

    It is no surprise that the citizens of Hamburg are happy! As claimed by the Glücksatlas of Deutsche Post, only the people in Schleswig-Holstein are happier. Hamburg's broad mix of location factors makes people more than satisfied in all spheres of life - according to the market and opinion research institute Ispos, its citizens are even the most satisfied Germans in terms of their wealth (including social contacts and stable health). With 23.862 euros the inhabitants of Hamburg have the highest disposable income in Germany.

    A glimpse towards the future is also promising. In the latest ranking of the British news portal fDiIntellegence, "European Cities and Regions of the Future 2018/2019", there is no listing in which Hamburg is not among the TOP 10 within the category of "Large European Cities". Fourth in the overall ranking, fifth in terms of economic potential, and in the category "Human Capital and Lifestyle" the hanseatic city even reaches the third place!

    Well, if that's not a prospect...

    Hamburg occupies ninth place in the ranking of the greenest cities (see travelbird).
  • Review: India Week Hamburg 2017

    We look back at the India Week Hamburg 2017!

      "If a city like Hamburg gives a country like India the space to present itself in all its facets, then this is a wonderful initiative, for which I congratulate the City of Hamburg.", says Ulrich Bäumer, Partner at Osborne Clarke in the DMA interview and we can only agree enthusiastically. From peace meditation to films from South India to readings, network events and information evenings, the India Week Hamburg 2017 has left nothing to be desired with a variation of over 80 events. Even better, you can experience most of the events in hindsight - without leaving your desk or sofa. The Media Academy Hamburg has shot 17 short videos to give exciting insights into selected events.

    On Youtube as well as on Blogspot these colourful samples are available for everyone.

    The Inaugural event of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce with the topic "India on the way to a formalized economy" was followed by the Senate reception in the evening, the official inauguration of the India Week Hamburg 2017. We participated as well, for instance on Tuesday, November 7th, at the event "Doing Business with India". Together with Dr. Doris Hillger, Foreign Trade Promotion International Markets, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, we draw attention to current reforms and trends in India. Amongst other areas, digitalization plays a major role in the reform process. On Thursday, November 9th, we dedicated the event "The Era of Digitization" to this particularity. Osborne Clarke's office in the Tanzenden Türme, Hamburg, provided the perfect environment for a comprehensive exploration of technology and digitization in terms of the Indo-German relations.In order to be prepared for the electronic change in Germany and Europe, Hamburg Invest and Taylor Wessing informed already on Wednesday about "EU Data Protection Regulation".

    We hope that you enjoyed the India Week Hamburg 2017 at least as much as we did and we are already looking forward to the sequel in 2019!

  • India Week Hamburg 2017

    The Countdown begins!

    As the much-awaited India Week Hamburg approaches, we are delighted to present to you this year’s vibrant and expansive programme. India Week Hamburg 2017 invites you to come on a journey with us and explore the ties between India and Hamburg through the myriad events ranging from politics, society, science, economics, culture and sports, exclusively organised for you. Stimulate your mind and business by attending the various panel discussions, lectures and symposiums on contemporary political and trade issues. Or take a look at some fascinating art exhibitions, displaying works of Indian and German artists. Shake a leg and learn all about the rich classical Indian dance performances by participating in workshops or experiencing dance and music concerts. And what better way to dive into the rich Indian culture than tasting some delicious, finger-licking food from the sub-continent? The India Week Hamburg promises all of this and much more!

    Check out the carefully curated programme for the India Week Hamburg 2017 and mark up the events you wish to attend right away! Do keep in mind that due to a large number of attendees, it is important that you register well in advance if you wish to attend certain events.

    We are looking forward to you!

  • Renewable Energy Hamburg - Information Paper

    Today, the Hamburg Metropolitan region is already the centre of German energy innovation. Around 1,500 companies and 25,000 people are working in the field of regenerative energy in the region and make renewable energy even more of a success. Our Information paper shall give an overview of remarkable renewable energy projects in Hamburg, e.g. the WindEnergy Hamburg, wind farms in the port area, state-of-the art storage facilities and initiatives as the Renewable Energy Hamburg-Cluster or the NEW 4.0.

    Read more about the renewable energy sector in Hamburg in our Information Paper

  • India an important trading partner for the Hanseatic City / New HamburgAmbassador in Mumbai

    Last year seaborne container traffic between Hamburg and India grew by two percent. With volume handled at 240,000 TEU, the South Asian country is among Hamburg’s top ten trading partners. The main goods imported from India are chemical products, metals and metal products, along with textiles, clothing, leather and leather goods. As the main export goods, machinery, equipment and household appliances, metals and metal products, as well as chemical products, are shipped to India via the Port of Hamburg.

    Hamburg is served by three weekly full container liner services in the India trade. The following container liner services currently sail directly between Hamburg and India:

    • CKYHE Alliance - Ocean 3 Alliance - CEM/NE5 7        
    • MSC/SCI - WEC - Himalaya Express  
    • Hamburg Sud/Hapag-Lloyd/CMA CGM - Alianca/COSCO/NYK/UASC - IOS/ELIP/EPIC2
    • CMA CGM/ Hapag-Lloyd/ ANL - NEMO / EAX

    Hamburg is also a major handling centre for general cargo. Served by numerous breakbulk shipping companies, the port is also important for general and heavy cargo as well as RoRo shipping. Regular direct services from Hamburg include:

    • Chipolbrok - Europe/Mideast/India mpc one-way
    • Rickmers Line Europe-India
    • SAL Heavy-lift & project                     
    • Hoegh Autoliners - Europe/Middle East one-way
    • NYK   EME

    Germany is India’s most important trading partner in the EU and its sixth worldwide. India occupies 25th place in the German foreign trade league, being 28th for imports and 27th for exports. As a supplier Germany takes 8th place in India, being 5th as a customer for Indian products. Since 2011 the Port of Hamburg has had a Representative Office in Mumbai, one of India’s leading ports. Our colleagues on the spot look after the member companies interested in the Indian market and provide briefing locally about current developments in and around the universal port of Hamburg. The Representative Office also cultivates good contacts with the transport & logistics industry, as well as trade associations, institutions and maritime industry media. The Representative Office aims to champion the interests of HHM member companies and to create a network for them. 

    Along with the Port of Hamburg´s Representative Office, Heiko Mohn has also been contibuting towards the increasing awareness of the Hanseatic City in Mumbai since 9 May. During the Annual Meeting of HamburgAmbassadors, Olaf Scholz, First Mayor of the City of Hamburg, conferred this honorary title on him for India. Mohn succeeds Frank König, who had been active as HamburgAmbassador in Mumbai for the past ten years. Heiko Mohn, who trained in shipping, has lived for 12 years in India, and is shipowner Hamburg Süd’s Managing Director for the India, Pakistan and Middle East regions. He sees urban development, waste handling and water purification as among likely fields for cooperation between India and Hamburg. ‘We have numerous opportunities for shaping the future in the training field and an exchange of experience among young people,” says the new HamburgAmbassador.


  • Almost 600 million euros invested in Hamburg's economy

    Almost 600 million euros were invested by companies supported by HWF Hamburgische Gesellschaft für Wirtschaftsförderung mbH in Hamburg in 2016. This roughly corresponds to double the amount invested last year. Hamburg's economic director Frank Horch: "In the governmental program of the Hamburg Senate, we planned the conversion of the HWF into a One Stop Agency for investments. The HWF's balance sheet proves that we have successfully realized this.” And HWF Managing Director Dr. Rolf Strittmatter adds: "Our 2016 results are extremely gratifying. However, we do not want to stop here and have therefore further expanded the HWF service in the beginning of the year 2017. For companies from industry & commerce, research & innovation, digital economics & e-commerce as well as service & tourism, specialized experts are now in place and ready to assist. We expect further positive effects resulting from these initiatives". In 2016, the HWF supported more than 500 companies regarding settlement, extension, real estate search or approval requests. 296 company inquiries were forwarded to specialized institutions belonging to the Hamburg promotion network.101 companies from Germany and abroad have been newly established (66) or have been supported in their expansion processes (35). In addition, three companies were connected to the metropolitan region of Hamburg.

    In total, 1.660 (2015: 1.514) new jobs were created in Hamburg while 5.062 (2015: 5.885) existing jobs were secured. These figures correspond to investments totaling EUR 592 million (2015: 333). 400 (2015: 121) companies were furthermore advised. The consultation service for start-ups (159) by the HWF StartHub Nextmedia thereby witnessed a particulary strong demand. The most important foreign market was China with 17 settlements.

    The biggest project of the HWF in 2016 was the award to DPDHL for the logistics park HUB + Neuland in Harburg. Hamburg's economic director Frank Horch said: "The settlement of DPDHL proves that projects with large numbers of workplaces can also be realised in Hamburg if suitable areas are available for this purpose. In order to ensure this availability in the near-future, the Hamburg Senate will soon enable the HWF to develop additional commercial space and directly market existing commercial space in the city.”


  • Port of Hamburg resumes growth course

    In 2016 Germany’s largest universal port achieved a turnaround in seaborne cargo throughput, reaching a total 138.2 million tons in the general and bulk cargo segments. Seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg again developed upwards with an increase of 0.3 percent. Stronger general cargo throughput offset a slight downturn in bulk cargo throughput. 

    Record result for seaport-hinterland rail transport

    Ingo Egloff and Axel Mattern, Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Joint CEOs, declared at the Port of Hamburg’s Annual Press Conference that seaborne cargo throughput in the universal Port of Hamburg has stabilized and there is an obvious upward trend. In strong competition with the other main ports in Northern Europe, Hamburg can claim an especially positive trend in seaport-hinterland services. Against the trend for lower volumes on rail freight traffic in Germany, at 46.4 million tons the volume transported into/out of the Port of Hamburg was 1.5 percent higher. The number of containers transported by rail climbed by 2.4 percent to 2.4 million TEU. In the Port of Hamburg’s modal split, rail further increased its share of containers transported from 41.6 percent to 42.3 percent. Linking Hamburg with all hinterland economic centres, more than 200 freight trains reach or leave Europe’s largest rail port every day. “In a comparison with ports in Europe, the highest number of connections and the great frequency of train departures to/from Hamburg are very advantageous in offering shippers in industry and commerce rapid handling of their export and import cargoes,’ said Egloff.

    Elbe fairway adjustment is coming

    To continue expanding the Port of Hamburg in its multitude of functions and to keep it competitive, modernization and expansion of an efficient infrastructure for freight transport by rail, truck, inland waterway or oceangoing ship is of crucial importance. ‘With its judgement on 9 February, the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig expressly underlined the necessity of the fairway adjustment,’ said Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). Fairway adjustment is coming. Now the task is to extend the legal process. ‘We shall now be concentrating on clarifying the questions about possible fluctuations in the salinity of the Elbe and on attending to demands for additional compensatory areas within the framework of what is compatible with legislation on protecting habitats.’ The project group responsible will be urgently working on this, yet it is too early just now to make a firm statement on the time framework required. The Federal Administrative Court made clear in its judgement that no deficiencies are evident in the entire planning process and that the objections by environmental groups in respect of hydraulic construction measures are unfounded. The European water directive has also been observed. Only the protection of one plant species, the ‘Hemlock Water Dropwort’ and the designation of compensatory areas require improvement, and then the measure should be implemented. ‘So it is clear that fairway adjustment is coming, but we regret the loss of more time in implementing the measure. The essential point is that for shipping on the Elbe and operations in the Port of Hamburg, nothing changes. We have proved able until now to handle the largest containerships, and that will remain so in future. No deterioration will therefore be occurring,’ stressed Egloff.

    The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s largest universal port, guaranteeing more than 156,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The port is a significant industrial base and with net added value of 21.8 billion euros is of immense significance for the entire German economy. For 2017, the Port of Hamburg’s marketing organization reckons with a seaborne cargo throughput at last year’s level.

    Sources: Port of Hamburg

  • HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation visits India

    The year 2017 began with a special trip for the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. One of the five partners of Hamburg's representative office in Mumbai, the HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation, set off on a journey to India to promote Hamburg as a business location.

    Vibrant Gujarat 2017

    The chosen starting point for the joint trip was Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, as the city hosted the 2017’s Vibrant Gujarat, which is the largest trade fair in India and consequently offered an ideal platform to get in touch with internationally oriented Indian companies. In addition to the visit to the trade fair, the focus was on exchanging views with multiple companies. First of all a business meeting was held with Loxim GmbH and Myra Products GmbH, both of whom already run Hamburg based operations.

    On the left picture from left to right: Heiko Mohn (Managing Director Hamburg Süd India Pvt Ltd., Lee Lee Ong (Project Manager South East Asia, HWF), Peter Deubet (Chief Representative, HRM), Gabriele Bohner (General Vice Consul, Mumbai), Lukas Schmitz (Hamburg Manager, HRM) und Sophia Nebel (Hamburg Assistant, HRM). On the right picture: Lukas Schmitz (Hamburg Manager, HRM) and Lee Lee Ong(Project Manager South East Asia HWF)           

    This mutual exchange presented a good opportunity to discuss further development and future cooperation. In addition to the expansion of business activities, the India Week Hamburg 2017 was also an issue.

    India Week

    The India Week, which will take place from 6th - 12th November 2017 in Hamburg, is a plattform that exemplifies the various and manifold connections between Hamburg and India, strengthens already existing ties and lays a foundation for new ventures and cooperations to be launched. In addition to sponsorship, Indian companies were also genuinely interested in active participation.

    However, not only did the consultations strengthen already well-established relationships, but have also created new connections through various B2B meetings with companies interested in the city of Hamburg. A focal point of interest for Indian companies was thereby Hamburg’s reputation as a leading logistics hub, which is home to the largest port in Germany. 

    Trade Partner India

    Trade between India and the port of Hamburg is becoming increasingly important. A new record volume is expected for 2016 with about 250.000 TEUR. Within the first nine months, direct container traffic with India reached a volume of 188.000 TEUR, an increase of 6,8 percent. This figure puts India on the 8th  rank among the trading partners of the Port of Hamburg.


    During Vibrant Gujarat 2017 new contacts to among others wind energy associations were made. Since the Hanseatic city hosts the WindEnergy Hamburg, this continues to strengthen its well-established position as the world’s primer wind energy center.

    WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

    WindEnergy Hamburg 2017 once again significantly increased its internationality compared to its premiere in 2014: Some 35 000 trade visitors from 48 nations came to Hamburg. The share of international visitors rose to about 40 percent, the share of international exhibitors to 44 percent. 

    The second part of the journey lead to Mumbai, the maritime and financial metropolis of India. Here, further B2B meetings were held, in which various topics like establishing a company, taxes, and the general business environment were covered. 

    Visit to the port metropolis Mumbai

    On the evening of the 12th of January, an evening reception took place at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club with the theme "Hamburg as a business location". In vintage atmosphere chief representative Peter Deubet opened the evening, before General Vice-Consul Gabriele Bohner continued by elaborating on the advantages of Germany and Hamburg in particular. As a highlight, Ms Ong presented the peculiarities of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, which underpinned the interest that had already risen in the preliminary talks. The evening was continued in this pleasant environment and encouraged diversified and exciting conversations.


    Lee Lee Ong (Project Manager South East Asia HWF) (left) during the evening reception at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club (right)

    To conclude, the HWF's trip to India was a great success, highlighted by the various aspects and destinations. This has, however, only been the beginning of a series of planned mutual visits and future talks with Indian companies, which will hopefully settle in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg in the near future. In addition, this trip has enabled the Hamburg Representation Mumbai to produce synergies and represent Hamburg in all fields.

  • Spotlight on South Asia: solid growth with Indian lead

    All too often, India is referred to as the fastest growing economy worldwide. A new World Bank report now examines South Asia as a whole, shedding light on its economic development – and the results are indeed positive.

    In general, South Asian economic growth is expected to increase from 7.1% to 7.3% within the following year. As opposed to that, the United Nations’ Trade and Development Report (TDR) 2016 merely depicts a slow global economic growth of 2.5% in 2017. Worldwide trade even broke down to 1.5% in 2015, compared to 7% previous to the world economic crisis. Hence, the South Asian region remains unaffected by China’s downturn as well as the uncertain course of the developed economies.

    Good prospects for India

    The World Bank’s findings confirm India’s leadership. Its GDP growth is likely to increase by 0.1% in 2017, attending a rate of 7.7%. Mainly the consumer sector contributes to this solid gain. In addition, consumption supporting civil service pay system reforms, higher expenses on infrastructure, the recovery of the agriculture, the positive contribution of exports and a resulting good climate for investments will presumably boost private investments in the medium term.

    Challenges of South Asia

    Nevertheless, the maintenance of leadership will be challenging to both India and South Asia. “Countries will need to activate the full potential of private investment and exports to accelerate economic activity further, reduce poverty and boost prosperity” remarks Anette Dixon, World Bank South Asia Region’s Vice President. The reasons for this are weak business cycles and a lack of interconnectedness of economic sectors, which unsettle investors. As a result, companies tend to focus on short-term profits that they spend on the payment of dividends, for instance. Moreover, the income gap and the region’s strong agricultural orientation remain challenging.

    Paths to further growth

    All points considered, private investments are the main economic growth drivers of South Asia. Their promotion and the mobilization of domestic funds play a key role in the future of the economic area in question. Apart from that, energy supply, infrastructure and improved regulations are essential for the support of investments, job creation and poverty reduction as pointed out by Martin Rama, World Bank South Asia Region’s Chief Economist.

    Expenditures on production sites, machinery, and research and talent acquisition are needed. First and foremost, production creates employment opportunities, wages and demand, which in turn increases productivity and demand. Jobs and resources in the low-productivity primary sector have to be transferred to industrial and service sectors, while economic integrity must be strengthened. The latter is essential in order to reduce dependence on developed countries:  after all, their demand is sinking, making export-based economic growth difficult. In the end, production for global, regional as well as domestic markets is to be pursued.

    Furthermore, the creation of a stable framework is crucial to economic restructuring. That does not only imply transparent bureaucracy, but also a tax system which encourages profit reinvestment and minimizes incentives for debt financing and debt erosion that hinders public investments. Simultaneously, SMEs should be granted access to adequate credits. Thus, strategic and pragmatic actions and decisions will ideally lead to high aggregate demand and a stable, competitive exchange rate.

    When it comes to India, the main challenges are the adjustment of the progresses of poverty reduction to growth, the establishment of economic integrity and a stronger consideration of human development related to health, nutrition, education and gender. In short, India’s further development remains to be observed with suspense in the light of the newly passed GST bill. 

    (Sources: World Bank, UNCTAD; Pictures: Julie-Ann Shiraishi)

  • An annual, but not ordinary event: the AGM 2016

    “The venue was full, but not overcrowded, and everyone was in good mood – a truly successful event”. This is how Bernhard Steinruecke, Director General of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, describes the annual meeting on October 13th, 2016.

    The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce (IGCC) is a central event for its members – after all, it is the biggest Indo-German business fair. It unites decision makers of the industrial and commercial sector, diplomacy and media and is hence an important networking and advertising platform. Members do not only get an opportunity to present themselves with their products or services, but can also benefit from lectures held by high-level guest speakers.


    The joint stand under the motto "Invest in Germany" (left) and Hamburg Business Manager Lukas Schmitz with Chief Representative Peter Deubet (right).

    Instead of taking place in Mumbai, the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi was exceptionally the venue of the gathering. Naturally, the Hamburg Representation could not miss out on such an event. The stand of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai was part of a novelty at the AGM. For the first time, different German representations collaborated and created a joint stand under the motto “Invest in Germany”, which stood out in his appearance and its resonance within the fair visitors. The Hamburg stand was well frequented in particular, so that numerous conversations of economic, cultural and academic nature were elaborated. Not least, the Elbphilharmonie as Hamburg’s figurehead at the AGM attracted a great deal of attention.     


    From left to right: Hamburg Ambassador Frank Koenig, IGCC Director General Bernhard Steinruecke, German Minister Alexander Dobrindt, German Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney and Hamburg Business Manager Lukas Schmitz. On the right: the first Indian Mercedes-truck.

    Even the German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt and German Ambassador in India Dr. Martin Ney took theopportunity of visiting the AGM and respectively the stand of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. To this occasion, the work of Hamburg Ambassador Frank Koenig has been explained to Minister Dobrindt. Previous to the beginning of the AGM, the Minister was additionally able to witness the award of the cross of merit to IGCC Director General Bernhard Steinruecke, who has been honored for his efforts in strengthening Indo-German relations. Steinruecke pointed out that the cross of merit had been rewarded representatively to the whole Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, which includes the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. Not only that makes the AGM 2016 a memorable congress: after all, the Chamber as well as the companies Siemens and Bosch are currently celebrating their 60th anniversary in India. To this solemn occasion, the fair visitors were able to admire the first Mercedes-truck constructed by an Indian builder in 1954. The colorful vehicle became the object of numerous pictures. At last, an evening reception at the German ambassador’s place of residence rounded off the evening – the end of a successful fair day.

  • Mood good in north German wholesale and foreign trade

    Dealers in north earn real sales increase of 2.7 per cent in second quarter - far better than previous quarter

    North German wholesale and foreign trade continues to perform well and prospects are good until the end of 2016. Dealers fared far better in the second quarter of 2016 with real sales increasing by 2.7 per cent over 0.3 per cent in the first quarter. The AGA indicator, which increased from 113.7 in Q1 to 116.9 at present, reflects the positive mood. Prospects until December 31, 2016 have disimproved only slightly with 25 per cent of companies expecting increased profits (29 per cent in Q1) and 15 per cent are forecasting lower profits (11 per cent in Q1).

    Investments in EDP and telecommunications

    The investment quota among firms in the north came to 3.53 per cent of sales compared to 3.33 per cent last year. Investments are particularly high in imports (4.71 per cent of sales), and lowest in exports at 2.78 per cent. The most frequent causes of investment were EDP and telecommunication followed by vehicle fleets and business equipment, according to 71 per cent of firms surveyed.

    Brexit and TTIP among challenges

    Speaking at the presentation of the latest survey of economic trends last week, Dr. Hans Fabian Kruse, President of the AGA business association, said: “Despite all the hurdles, 2016 is a good year for wholesale and foreign trade in north Germany. We have noted increased turnover and profits and firms are investing more in their operations especially in IT. Thus, this economic stage remains a successful model and an example of doing good business with solid trading. At the same time, we businesspeople must remain vigilant. The consequences of Brexit and the tense situation in reference to TTIP are among the challenges in the coming years.”

    Sales increase of 2.2 per cent in Hamburg

    All north German states fared well in Q2 of 2016. Lower Saxony achieved the highest nominal increase in turnover with 4.0 per cent. Wholesale and foreign trade in Bremen increased 2.9 per cent while Schleswig-Holstein achieved a 2.8 per cent increase. Turnover in Hamburg increased 2.2 per cent. 

    Sources and further information:

  • WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

    WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading expo for wind energy, will be held for the second time from 27 to 30 September 2016. Following the successful premiere in 2014, the Hamburg Fair site will again be the meeting point for decision makers in the energy business from all parts of the world. WindEnergy Hamburg covers the whole value chain of both the onshore and offshore wind industry, and is expanding this year, with an additional exhibition hall. Some 1,200 exhibitors are expected at WindEnergy Hamburg in September, presenting their innovations on some 65,000 square metres, in a total of nine exhibition halls. This global expo will be opened by its patron Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Minister of Economics. This year, for the first time, the WindEurope Conference will be held in parallel to WindEnergy Hamburg.

    Global market, international presence

    The major manufacturers involved in this industry globally are keen to present their products and services for the wind market to the international trade audience in Hamburg, and booked their stand space at an early date. They include key international players such as Enercon, Gamesa, GE, Nordex, Senvion, Siemens Wind Power, Vestas and others. A first-time exhibitor from Asia is Envision, a manufacturer currently working mainly in the Chinese market. A number of countries will also have their own national pavilions.

    The whole value chain at one industry fair

    Another strength of WindEnergy Hamburg is that all the components of the entire value chain are here at one industry fair. The list of exhibitors includes all the leading international turbine manufacturers, and equipment suppliers, service providers, project developers and energy companies, and specialist companies from all other areas of the wind industry. The trade visitors in 2016 will find focal areas in the exhibition halls for all the key thematic areas, such as drive systems, electronic components, safety, finance and insurance. There will be a great many exhibitors in the Smart Energy area in one of the halls, presenting subjects such as distribution, storage, and control of power production and load control. Numerous innovative exhibits, from special-purpose bolts to multi-ton gearbox systems, showing not only the impressive range of the value chain but also giving visitors “wind energy up close”.

    Conference of WindEurope in parallel  

    The Conference of WindEurope will be held in parallel with WindEnergy Hamburg for the first time, at CCH (Congress Center Hamburg), which is located right next to the Hamburg Fair site. Simultaneous conduct of the two most important major international wind energy events makes Hamburg the global centre of the wind industry. Political, technical and scientific discussions will be held at international level, attended by leading representatives of the global wind industry with its innovative products and business opportunities. Information on the conference is shown at

    National pavilions 

    WindEnergy Hamburg 2016 will again feature national pavilions presenting the wind companies of the respective countries – a total of 18 pavilions are currently registered. The largest country presentation, filling a whole exhibition hall, is from Denmark, with 90 exhibitors. The partner there is DWEA, the Danish Wind Export Association. Other pavilions are from European countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. And the Basque Country makes its presentation in its own pavilion with companies from the offshore sector. The wind energy markets in North and South America will be present with joint pavilions from Argentina, the United States and Canada. Asia is there too, with a national pavilion from China. Many more companies from these and other countries have stands in the nine exhibition halls of WindEnergy Hamburg, presenting their product innovations and services to international visitors and negotiating business agreements. They include exhibitors from Brazil, Bahrain, India, Japan, Korea (South Korea) and the United Arab Emirates. As well exhibitors from China are present at WindEnergy Hamburg in September, and turbine manufacturer Envision will in fact have the biggest individual stand.

    India presence at WindEnergy

    It is home to the leading companies in the sector and pools key competencies in both the onshore and offshore areas of business. With the European wind industry capital as its venue, WindEnergy Hamburg provides the perfect setting for companies to present themselves on a professional and international platform. India has grown her presence from one company to 3 . Companies like EPE Process Filters & Accumulators (already an exhibitor in 2014), PASL Wind Solutions and Kapil Enterprises will be showcasing the products and services at the show. There are also high powered delegations from various states of India that will visit the show.

    For interested Visitors and Exhibitors please write to or visit our website: as well as

  • Expansion of Germany’s Largest Container Rail Terminal Completed

    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has completed the expansion of the rail terminal at its Container Terminal Altenwerder (CTA) significantly earlier than planned. Following the construction period, regular operations will resume as early as 1 August 2016, which is two months sooner than originally calculated. The CTA’s rail terminal now has nine tracks, instead of the previous seven. The expansion will increase the terminal’s capacity by 140,000 standard containers (TEU) to 930,000 TEU per year.

    Since 2010, annual container throughput at the CTA rail terminal has risen by almost 20 percent to 769,000 TEU in 2015. This means that, once again, the CTA’s terminal had the highest throughput of any container rail terminal in Germany. Rail’s share of total container volume has also continued to grow in recent years. The German Federal Ministry of Transport expects that transport services of rail freight traffic will increase by 43 percent by 2030.
    Dr. Stefan Behn, member of the Executive Board of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, emphasises the significance of the rail terminal expansion: “The expansion of the rail terminal will enable us to ensure the efficiency of the state-of-the-art HHLA Container Terminal Altenwerder. It means that we are well prepared for a further shift in volume towards rail as a mode of transport. We are thus strengthening Hamburg as a rail port.”
    Oliver Dux, Managing Director of the Container Terminal Altenwerder, emphasises: “We have succeeded in finishing ahead of our schedule, which was already ambitious. We are extremely pleased with this remarkable achievement! I would like to thank everyone involved. A wide range of efforts meant that the inevitable restrictions to handling caused by the expansion were kept to a minimum. In particular, I would like to thank the shunting companies which worked very closely with one another and with us and did everything to ensure that there were virtually no disruptions to rail operations during the construction period. Our customers will now benefit two months earlier than planned from the completion of the construction work and the resumption of regular operations.”
    Dr. Bernd Pahnke, Vice President Port Development DB Cargo, highlights: “Since January 2016, we have been working with six other companies to optimise shunting operations at the Port of Hamburg. In doing so, we are significantly increasing the competitiveness of the location. We were able to effectively support the expansion of the CTA rail terminal during the construction period with a performance rate of over 95 percent. The expansion will benefit us in light of a further shift towards rail transport.”
    Since 2010, annual container throughput at the CTA rail terminal has risen by almost 20 percent to 769,000 TEU in 2015. This means that, once again, the CTA’s rail terminal had the highest throughput of any container rail terminal in Germany. Rail’s share of total container volume has also continued to grow in recent years.
    The total area of the CTA’s rail terminal has not been affected by the expansion, as the two additional tracks were built on the existing area. This increases the facility’s efficient use of space, which is already high. The distance between the tracks has become smaller, meaning that checking the container data will no longer be done, as before, by terminal staff who would drive along between the trains in vehicles known as “checkmobiles”. For this reason, a “train gate” had to be built. This train gate automatically records the container data as trains enter the terminal. The automatic recording is quicker than the manual recording carried out previously, which means that the train-handling operations can begin sooner. By no longer using the diesel-powered checkmobiles, emissions of harmful CO2 at the already largely electrified CTA can also be further reduced.
    Oliver Dux: “I am particularly pleased that we can now handle rail containers at the CTA without emitting harmful CO2.”
    The expansion of the rail terminal began in early April. Following completion of the construction work, regular operations will resume on 1 August 2016. The total cost of the construction work was approximately € 10 million.

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  • Elbphilharmonie Hamburg giving away 1000 tickets for the opening concerts

    The clock is ticking: on January 11 and 12, 2017 the new landmark of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, will celebrate its splendid opening. Seats for the two opening concerts in the spectacular new concert hall on the River Elbe are highly coveted and not available on the free market. But the good news is: 1,000 exclusive tickets will be given away in a prize draw. Anyone who wants to be there when the first notes in public are played in the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, under principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, can register online for the prize draw from Monday, May 9, 2016: Simply visit

    General and Artistic Director Christoph Lieben-Seutter is looking forward to the winners: »With this prize draw, the Elbphilharmonieshows from the start that it’s a concert hall for everyone. We want to celebrate the opening not only with invited guests, but also with the people for whom the Elbphilharmoniehas primarily been built: the citizens of Hamburg and music lovers from around the world.«

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Opening Concerts on January 11 and 12, 2017

    The opening concerts on January 11 and 12, 2017 will be played by the resident NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, which will make its home in the Grand Hall. The programme will be the same on both nights, although the details remain a secret. Five international star singers will perform as guest soloists: Anja Harteros, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Philippe Jaroussky, Jonas Kaufmann and Bryn Terfel. The future resident organist Iveta Apkalna will also perform. A new piece written especially for the occasion by perhaps the most important living German composer, Wolfgang Rihm, will be played on both evenings: »Reminiszenz. Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn (Reminiscence, Triptych and memorial address for Hans Henny Jahnn) for tenor and full orchestra«. Jonas Kaufmann will perform as soloist.

    1,000 tickets for the opening concerts to be given away by prize draw – Registration online until July 7, 2016

    The prize draw will be conducted via the web site, which goes live on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 10 am. The site will remain online until the prize draw closes at 11:59 pm on Thursday, July 7.

    Organised by the HamburgMusik gGmbH, the draw is for 900 tickets (450 x 2). A one-time interim draw on June 10 will determine the winners of the first 200 tickets from among the participants. Winners of the remaining 700 (350 x 2) tickets will be decided by a second draw after July 7.

    Both draws will be random and supervised by a public notary. The winners will be notified in writing. Winners will not be able to choose between the two dates – January 11 and 12, 2017. Another 100 tickets will be given away worldwide by selected partners of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg.

    Registration is also possible by sending a postcard specifying the tag »Elbphilharmonie opening concerts prize draw« to HamburgMusik gGmbH, Dammtorwall 46, 20355 Hamburg, and must include entrants’ full name and address (and/or e-mail address).

    Further information and the full terms and conditions for the prize draw are available from 10 am on Monday, May 9 on the web site:

    Anyone over 18 years of age is eligible to participate in the prize draw, with the exception of employees of the organiser, the company Elbphilharmonie und Laeiszhalle Service GmbH, and any co-operating partners/agency partners and their relatives.

    All decisions are final.

    Further information on Elbphilharmonie Hamburg:


  • WindEnergy Hamburg 2016

    For the second time, Hamburg will be the venue of the global trade fair for wind energy from September 27-30, 2016. Hamburg is a thriving business metropolis and major hub for the international wind energy sector. It is home to the leading companies in the sector and pools key competencies in both the onshore and offshore areas of business. With the European wind industry capital as its venue, WindEnergy Hamburg provices the perfect setting for you to present your company on a professional and international platform. 

    For more information, click here, or register now.

  • Maritime India Summit 2016

    The first Maritime India Summit was held from the 14th to 16th April at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Centre in Mumbai. The Ministry of Shipping organized the event to attract potential investors from the maritime sector and to address current projects and developments in India. For the development of India`s ports, hinterland and coastal infrastructure investments are needed e.g. in shipbuilding, ship repair, inland water transportation, coastal shipping, logistics handling facilities.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the summit on the Birth Anniversary of the visionary Ambedkar by honoring him and calling him “the architect of the water and river navigation policy in India”.

    In his opening speech the Minister of Shipping Nitin Gadkari emphasized the fact that the port-led development has the highest priority. Furthermore he pointed out India´s maritime development potential, with sea borne trade growing twice at the global rate and its more than 7500km long coastline and the vast navigable inland waterways. Prime Minister Narendra Modi added that increasing maritime activity can support the overall economy and generate new jobs for the youth. Furthermore 100% FDI´s for port development projects are supposed to be allowed under the automatic route by liberalizing the licensing system. The Sagarmala initiative by the Indian government was presented, which seeks to modernize the port´s infrastructure and to interconnect ports with the mainstream economy in the inland.

    The Republic of Korea was the partner country of the first Maritime India Summit, with the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries Kim Young-Suk heading a delegation of more than 50 people of the industry. In total approximately 200 companies showcased their products in the exhibition with a special South Korean and a Norwegian Pavilion.

    Simultaneously to the exhibition, thematic sessions took place covering Port-led development, ship building, ship repair and ship breaking, skill development through maritime education and training, inland water transportation and coastal shipping, hinterland connectivity and multi-modal logistics, opportunities in international shipping and maritime financing, opportunities in  maritime states, cruise shipping and lighthouse tourism, island development and aquatic resources, maritime security and counter-piracy. Furthermore a Maritime Heritage Museum in the form of a former container ship was opened, which showed India´s maritime history and heritage and presented India´s first trade routes.

    Overall the Summit resulted in the signing of over 120 business and concession agreements and EPC, 20 Letter of Intents and a Memorandum of Understanding with South Korea on Port Development and Operations.

  • 827th Hamburg Port Anniversary

    Each year more than one million visitors from Germany and abroad come to this maritime feast of superlatives, to join in the excitement and atmosphere generated by ships from all parts of the world and thrilling displays in the port setting at the heart of Hamburg. 

    The attractions of the Hamburg Port Anniversary extend from Kehrwiederspitze to the Fish Auction Hall, and include displays on land and in the water in HafenCity, Hamburg’s newest and most progressive urban district. A maritime programme designed to appeal to the whole family will also be held at the Heritage Harbour in the traditional warehouse district Speicherstadt and at the Oevelgönne Museum Harbour. That makes a total of some six kilometres along the waterfront, where the Hamburg Port Anniversary invites visitors to celebrate and to enjoy the events.

    For more information, click here

  • Elbphilharmonie Hamburg presents program in opening season

    Hamburg’s latest landmark, the impressive Elbphilharmonie concert hall is scheduled to open on January 11-12, 2017. Christoph Lieben-Seutter, Artistic Director of the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle, recently presented the programmes offered at both establishments in the upcoming 2016/17 season in the presence of Mayor Olaf Scholz.

    Concerts by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock on January 11 and 12 will get the season off to a start. These concerts are geared towards all music enthusiasts and lovers of classical music who are likely to find a new approach to music through Hamburg’s latest architectural symbol. The Elbphilharmonie Hamburg aims to be “a building for everyone”, thanks not only to the Plaza which will open on November 4, 2016 and with a panoramic view of the port and city, but also to the diverse, accessible and quality concert programme. Affordable admission fees with around 450,000 tickets available in the opening season until July 2017 will emphasise this message. During the first six months, over 200 concerts will be staged in the great concert hall and 100 in the smaller hall. 

    For further information, please click here.

  • Hamburg in Rankings

    The Report “European Cities & Regions of the Future 2016 & 2017” by fDi Magazine – a special interest journal for foreign direct investments published by the Financial Times Group –  asses Europe`s investment landscape. According to this, Hamburg city and also the state belong to the top 25 cities of Europe`s most attractive destinations for foreign investors.

    Besides being one of the European Cities of the Future, the fDi Magazine also placed Hamburg as the most attractive investment location in Germany. The continuously increasing investment volumes and the number of projects initiated by foreign investors attracted by Hamburg`s promotion of the renewable energy and transportation industry has led to this placement. Comparing the number and volume of foreign investment projects for the years 2010-2014 based on 100,000 heads, Hamburg was ranked best, followed by Hesse, Berlin and Baden- Württemberg.

    Another survey conducted by the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce showed that Hamburg is also Germany´s capital of press and agencies. The survey compared Hamburg with Germany`s other media cities: Berlin, Cologne and Munich. A particular advantage of Hamburg is the presence of all sub-sectors of the creative industries. Because of the digitalization of the economy both the cultural and creative industries in Hamburg have increased in size.

    In addition Creditreform published a report in December saying Hamburg was Germany`s capital of small and medium enterprises of Germany`s federal states. The report analyzed the concentration of SMEs per inhabitant. Hamburg with 651 companies per 10,000 inhabitants was closely followed by Berlin with 590 and Bavaria with 529 companies per 10,000 inhabitants.

    The HWWI, the Hamburg World Economy Institute, reported that among German cities, Hamburg is a pioneer in the digitalization of urban life

    leading to the bettering of its economic performance leading to its top position as a digital city. Hamburg works to create a positive investment climate for digital projects in transport and energy, by expanding the digital information services and introducing intelligent traffic and parking management systems. The smart transportation concept is currently being tested in the smartPort. 

    In August, the OECD honored Hamburg`s positive development of recent years in a study entitled “Local Economic Leadership”. In the survey the city`s leadership in the field of today’s technologies, such as wind energy and IT as well as the growth of tourism was praised. The report also praised the leadership’s effort of broadening the educational opportunities, their long-term perspective for growth by having the cluster approach for the economic development and their housing development.

  • Union Budget of India

    On Monday the 29th of February the Indian minister of finance Arun Jaitley presented the new union budget of India. In his speech the finance minister stated that farmers, the poor and vulnerable should benefit from the new plan.

    Thus the winners of the new budget are the rural and social sector. The income of farmers shall be doubled by 2020 and furthermore Jaitley wants to subsidize irrigation. Furthermore the budget seeks to make 9 trillion Rupees available for farmers as credit.

    For the development of infrastructure the union budget accredits 2.21trillion Rupees.

    Coal producers and car makers are disadvantaged as it seeks to increase the tax. Additionally the duty on the jewelry and cigarettes are also to be increased. 

    For further information, please click here.

  • The Port of Hamburg in 2015

    In 2015 seaborne cargo throughput in the Port of Hamburg was 5,4 percent lower at 137,8 million tons. Hamburg as a universal port, maintained growth in bulk cargo throughput in 2015. In this important handling segment, total volume of 45,5 million tons represented growth of 5,8 percent on the previous year. In 2015 container handling at 8,8 million TEU (20-ft standard containers) did not reach the previous year's total, falling 9,3 percent and significantly lower.

    Read the complete annual report here.

  • Trade relations between Hamburg and India

    A new year always offers the chance to look back and summarize past developments. This blog entry focuses on trade between India and Hamburg, which dates back to the 16th century. In recent years, the export and import of merchandise between Hamburg and India displayed a contradictory development. While the import of goods to Hamburg experienced a downturn in 2012 and 2013, the export of goods from Hamburg to India increased during these years. In 2014, the trends reversed and Hamburg imported goods worth 778.6 Mio. € and exported goods worth 487.5 Mio. €. The biggest amount of all imports felt on garments, knitted or crocheted, with a total amount of 82.3 Mio. € in 2014. On the other hand aircrafts and parts of it accounted for 68% of total exports from Hamburg to India in 2014. Eventually, the imports are more diversified, including Garments, dried and shell fruits, silk and cotton clothing and chemical pre-materials while the exports are mainly backed by the aviation industry. After growing in 2012 and 2013, the total trade volume decreased in 2014 to 1.265 billion € compared to 1.462 billion € in 2013. Yet, India is among Hamburg’s top ten trading partners and posted fresh throughput records for container traffic in 2014. To sum up, trade between Hamburg and India experienced ups and downs in the recent past, but displays still a success story in the long term. Through the establishment of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai in 2013 the Hamburg Senate Chancellery, Port Hamburg Marketing e.V., the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, the Hamburg Business Development Corporation and Hamburg Messe and Congress take a path of further convergence and deeper trade relations between the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg and India.

  • For the first time in Hamburg in 2016: The world's leading conference of the wind energy industry

    For the first time, the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) will hold its annual conference in parallel with WindEnergy Hamburg in 2016. This international event further strengthens Hamburg's position as Europe's capital of the wind industry. Hamburg's Senator of Commerce, Frank Horch, says: "This will boost the role of northern Germany as a centre of excellence for wind energy."

    For further information, please click here.

  • Seminars on business opportunities in the metropolitan region of Hamburg in Mumbai and Hyderabad

    The Hamburg Representation Mumbai in association with its partners is hosting on the 4th and 7th December seminars on business opportunities in the metropolitan region of Hamburg in Mumbai and Hyderabad.

    Since the Hanseatic city of Hamburg is home to a number of most innovative growth sectors, for instance life science, the aviation industry, media & IT, renewable energies, maritime industry and of course the port and logistics, this event offers Indian companies the best opportunity to get in touch with the business location Hamburg and to inform themselves about the market entry in one of Europe’s most advanced metropolitan regions. Participants in the seminars are amongst others experts of the Hamburg business development corporation and Indian companies with experience in Germany. Therefore, the seminars offer a comprehensive platform for information exchange and networking.

    For further information regarding the seminar on the 4th December in Mumbai please click here and for the seminar on the 7th December in Hyderabad here. For a free registration please send an email to

  • Market Exploring India: The Indian Aviation and Space Industry

    From 15th to 18th March 2016 the market exploring journey from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy regarding SME takes place in Hyderabad and Bengaluru. In these most important Indian aviation and space clusters the possibility is given to meet and exchange views with high-ranking government representatives, research institutions and local companies. Simultaneously, an insight of public tendering is provided. This offers the opportunity to establish valuable contacts to potential business partners and to gain practical impressions about the local conditions.  

    For further information please click here.

  • India Week 2015

    Hamburg will celebrate the sixth India Week from 2nd to 8th November this year. Like in every year the Hamburg Representation Mumbai is represented on the spot and introduces itself as well as various topics about India as a business location. The India Week 2015 will strengthen the already established business ties between India and Hamburg and furthermore facilitate new cooperations. Presentations and discussion panels address the current development for companies from India and Hamburg and inform the visitors about the latest trends in politics and society. A comprehensive program with movies, concerts and exhibitions illustrates India’s exciting art and culture scene.  Moreover, visitors are invited to enjoy culinary pleasures and physical activity. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to experience and meet the Hamburg Representation close up at the following events:

    Doing Business with India: Impact of the new Investment Policy "Make in India"

    Digital ecosystem India: How Mobile and E-Commerce Change a Country and Generate new Business Opportunities

    German Entrepreneurs in India - The Legal Framework

    India-Jour Fixe for Entrepreneurs in Hamburg 

    We would be delighted to see you at the events. For further information on India Week 2015 please click here.

  • Hamburg at the Indo German Chamber of Commerce in Mumbai

    With five partners, the Senat´s Office Hamburg, the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Hamburg Port Marketing, Hamburg Business Development Corporation and Hamburg Messe und Congress Hamburg was represented on 59th annual general meeting of the Indo German Chamber of Commerce from the harbor to trade fairs and from economy to culture. The Hamburg Representation Mumbai presented Hamburg as business and investment location during this year´s annual general meeting of the Indo German Chamber of Commerce at 23rd September 2015. Numerous Indian enterprises, mainly from Maharashtra,got the chance to ask the Hamburg Team various questions about Hamburg as business hub at the exhibition stand of the Hamburg Representation. Establishment of companies in Hamburg and vice versa of Hamburg companies in India as well as tourism are only a few aspects that were covered. A special interest in the port of Hamburg and the Hafencity project could be observed, as the Hafencity may be an example for Indian smart cities. Hamburg Ambassador Frank König and the German vice consul Gabriele Boner visited the Hamburg stall also and showed a special interest in current topics relating to Hamburg and India. 

  • Our new partner: Hamburg Messe und Congress

    We are pleased to introduce our new partner Hamburg Messe und Congress to you. Hamburg Messe und Congress is a full-service provider with outstanding service in organization and conducting national and international exhibitions and conferences.

    Hamburg – Your gateway to the world of Wind Energy

    Every year, Hamburg Messe attracts about 700,000 people from all over the world, with more than 40 of its own events and guest events, and a total of some 12,000 exhibitors. One of the most important trade fairs is the international trade fair WindEnergy Hamburg, which will take place on 27th till 30th September 2016 for the second time. It will will provide a comprehensive overview of the current status and future prospects of the sector – along the entire value chain of the international wind industry, onshore and offshore.

    Other main large-scale events are INTERNORGA, Europe’s leading trade fair for the hotel and food service sectors and hanseboot, the Hamburg International Boat Show. They are forums for innovation and communication, an international meeting place for decision makers and experts. Hamburg Messe also hosts major events for consumers and the general public, such as the travel show REISEN HAMBURG and HansePferd, the international exhibition for horse enthusiasts. These events attract a large audience to Hamburg with a wide range of products, services and high-quality supporting programmes. The Fair is also the venue for important guest events, for example for the aviation industry and for renewable energies. HMC continues to build on this repertoire. It is adding new, innovative trade fairs such as COTECA, Europe’s first international trade show for the coffee, tea and cocoa business and the SMM overseas events in Istanbul and Mumbai.

    We welcome Hamburg Messe as our Partner and are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation.

  • India Week 2015 in Hamburg

    Already for decades Hamburg and India are having an intense partnership in trade, business, science, research and culture. This year’s India Week takes place from 2nd until 8th November. The last India Week in 2013 attracted 20.000 visitors with its diverse program.

    This year talks about economic and cultural topics, panel discussions and workshops are waiting for you. Art Exhibitions, concerts, dance and theatre performances, as well as the Indian cuisine will bring a piece of India to Hamburg. Save the dates of this year´s India Week and become a part of it.

    To find out more about the India Week 2015, click here.

  • Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel with Chilehaus are put on UNESCO´s World Heritage list

    The warehouse district “Speicherstadt”, built on islands of the river Elbe from 1885 to 1927, is listed as UNESCO World Hertage since 5th July 2015. During the 39th board meeting, representatives of the 21 member states voted for the entry of Hamburg into the list of UNESCO´s World Heritages. The “Kontorhausviertel”, Europe´s first office-only district, built between 1920 and 1940, was also listed.

    The 15 neo-Gothic brick buildings in “Speicherstadt” are connected via small alleys, canals and bridges. They are the world´s largest ensemble of storehouses. Complementary are the neighboring office buildings of “Kontorhausviertel”, which are forming Europe´s first office district. The Chilehaus, built by Fritz Höger, shaped like a ship´s bow, is also included in Hamburg´s World Heritage. After a long application process the decision was very well received in Hamburg. Since 1999 Chilehaus was listed on the German application list for UNESCO World Heritages. In 2007 “Kontorhausviertel” and “Speicherstadt” were added to the Hamburg´s application. “Speicherstadt” and “Kontorhausviertel” are Hamburg´s first UNESCO World Heritages. Hamburg’s First Major Olaf Scholz expressed his gratitude about the decision of the committee and promised to introduce a UNCESCO-coordinator and to build a World-Heritage-Information-Center.  

    The list of UNESCO World Heritages includes more than 1.000 sites in 161 countries. Besides Hamburg, the vineyards of Burgundy and Champagne in France, the botanical garden in Singapur and the fortress walls in the Turkish city Diyarbakir were recently listed. 36 sites were nominated, including another German application; the cathedral of Naumburg was rejected, but given the chance to apply again next spring.

  • Dr. Rolf Strittmatter will be reorganising HWF on occasion of its 30-year anniversary to make the city more known internationally

    Posted on 29th June 2015

     "The olympics are a great chance for Hamburg!"

    Dr. Rolf Strittmatter will be reorganising HWF on occasion of its 30-year anniversary to make the city more known internationally

    “Hamburg stands for international economic power combined with high quality of life”, says Dr. Rolf Strittmatter, who has been appointed as managing director of HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation six months ago. A native of Baden-Württemberg, the manager has ambitious goals for Hamburg, and will thus be reorganising the services offered by HWF from home and abroad. 
    First of all, however, there is an anniversary to be celebrated. In the past 30 years, HWF supplied commercial premises to almost 2,800 companies and helped numerous companies to set up their business in Hamburg. Thus, 58,000 jobs were newly created, and more than 200,000 jobs secured. Thus, HWF also stands for investment of more than one million euro.

    One-stop Agency for Investors

    “30 years of business development in Hamburg also mean 30 years of intense change. The HWF has adapted to the changing needs of businesses”, said Strittmatter in an interview with Hamburg News. Key tasks of the past and today still include the acquisition of new companies from all over the world and the support for companies already active in Hamburg. But the 45-year-old also sees a number of new tasks.

    “As a city-state, we are facing the challenge of decreasing supply of market-ready commercial space. Therefore, we will increasingly focus strategic area management and expand our services as a one-stop agency for investors. “Any person who contacted HWF will have a key contact for his concern”, promises HWF’s CEO. “We are efficient and innovative.”

    “Why not …” – Creative Solutions Wanted

    To improve the limited supply of industrial and commercial space, Strittmatter dares to leave conventional thinking behind and looks for creative solutions. “Why do we not build, for example, just more in height instead of the width? We also want to increasingly involve the private real estate market and, of course, Hamburg’s metropolitan region.” Digitisation is another important issue on his agenda. “More and more investors and companies are wondering about the technical infrastructure of Hamburg, the city’s innovation capacity, its research institutions and international networks.”

    Digitisation: Important for all Industries

    Digitisation is becoming an increasingly cross-cutting issue for all industries and economic clusters. “With the smartPort, we already have intelligent industries in the maritime sectors. But digisation has also reached out to tourism, e-Health and eLogistic, aviation and renewable energies. “We definitely should no longer think in terms of individual clusters, but perceive Hamburg as a smart city.”

    Focus on Neighbouring Countries

    Hamburg has been known around the globe as Germany’s “Gateway to the World”. But the source markets for investment are changing. While China remains a key market, Scandinavia and particularly Denmark moved increasingly into focus due to new crossing. Poland, Turkey and Britain also remain interesting. “Right now, we have been very successful in attracting IT companies from the U.S.A.”

    Olympic Bid – An Important Lever

    Born in Germany’s south, Strittmatter is often surprised by Hamburg’s understatement. “Modesty is fine, but other drums are louder”. In this context, Strittmatter calls Hamburg’s Olympic bid a “huge opportunity” for the region. “Already now, we notice an increased interest not only in Hamburg, but for Northern Germany as a whole. I see the Olympics not only as an opportunity to put us on the map of international investors. The application also allows us to develop a new sense of belonging among ourselves, which then turns to the outside world”, Strittmatter emphasises. “With the Olympic bid, we have a great opportunity to promote our qualities and our USPs. At the end of the day, all will benefit from the globally increased awareness of Hamburg.”

    Soft Location factors are Important

    Still, hard economic factors such as location, dates and facts dominate decisions by investors. But soft location factors such as the high quality of life in Hamburg are becoming increasingly important when recruiting specialists and top executives. The manager, marathon runner, and father of three knows what he is talking about. “When I run around the Alster Lake at night and meet only people who are just as enthusiastic about the city like me, then that’s just great!”

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  • The Vision of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Hamburg 2024

    The Olympic and Paralympic Games in one’s own country and even in one’s own home town – this is a dream that is dreamt by athletes and spectators alike. Following the German Olympic Sports Confederation’s decision on 21 March 2015, this dream might come true for Germany and Hamburg in 2024. Hamburg has developed a fascinating concept for the Olympic and Paralympic Games: compact games in the heart of the city and in close proximity to the water. Games with short distances, and games with facilities and infrastructure that meet the highest standards in terms of environmental protection and economic efficiency. The Games and their values can be a symbol of Hamburg’s strongest assets as a community: cosmopolitanism and tolerance, modernity and mutual understanding, confi dence and understatement. Yet, in international competition, Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, also stands for economic strength and success, and for the common will to make a big dream come true. Hamburg’s concept puts people first: athletes from all over the world, citizens and all those who want to celebrate this great inspiring festival on the Alster Lake and the River Elbe. In our view, all of these people are part of the Olympic family, and we want them to feel at home in Hamburg.

    Read more about the Vision of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Hamburg 2024.

  • Higher first-quarter seaborne cargo throughput at the Port of Hamburg

    The Port of Hamburg handled total throughput of 35.6 million tons (up by 0.1 percent) in the first quarter of 2015. Bulk cargoes at 11.7 million tons (up by 12.3 percent) and container transport on railways between the port and its hinterland at 602,000 TEU (up by 11.1 percent) were the strongest contributors to throughput growth.

    “We can be satisfied overall with the first-quarter trend in seaborne cargo throughput. Even if a slight 4.9 percent downturn in general cargo throughput at 23.9 million tons slightly dampens our satisfaction, this remains the best-ever first quarter in the port’s history,” stressed Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Executive Board Member Axel Mattern at the marketing association’s quarterly press conference.

    Throughput of bulk cargoes was up in all the three segments, for suction cargoes by 19.4 percent at 2.7 million tons, grab cargoes by 17.2 percent at 5.5 million tons and liquid cargoes by 1.3 percent at 3.5 million tons. The trend was especially notable on coal imports that at 1.8 million tons increased by 64.1 percent. On the export side, the main contribution to this excellent result came from wheat, where volume handled rose by 44.0 percent to 1.62 million tons.

    Container throughput for the first three months of the year at 2.3 million TEU (20-ft standard containers) remained below the previous year’s strong result, which had been unusually satisfactory, representing an advance of no less than 8.0 percent. There was a slight, 2.3 percent downturn here. This was primarily attributable to a fall in container traffic with Russia. In the first quarter a total of 109,000 TEU were transported between Hamburg and Russian ports on the Baltic. That represented a 34.8 percent fall by comparison with the same quarter of the previous year. In Axel Mattern’s view, it may be assumed that should sanctions be lifted and a recovery occur in the Russian economy, seaborne foreign trade via Hamburg will climb once again. His Executive Board colleague Ingo Egloff pointed out that the Port of Hamburg is the leading hub in Northern Europe for container services with the Baltic region and that Port of Hamburg Marketing is devoting increased attention to Baltic markets. The recent accession of the ports of Gothenburg and Bronka to the marketing association also underlines its excellent links with the region.

    Above-average growth in hinterland transport

    Container hinterland transport by rail, truck and inland waterway craft made above-average progress and at 1.5 million TEU attained growth of 7.3 percent. “That we are Europe’s leading rail port is no coincidence. With our intelligent transport schemes, bottlenecks should be avoided in the Port of Hamburg’s incoming and outgoing traffic. This can be achieved, for example, by greater utilization of rail for seaport-hinterland transport,” explained Egloff. In the first three months of 2015 cargoes totalling 11.4 million tons, or an increase of 8.3 percent, were transported on the Hamburg Port Railway network. At 602,000 TEU, container transport by rail grew by no less than 11.1 percent. In future, even more efficient use will be made of the port’s rail infrastructure. Neutral, overriding control, or ‘Rail Operations Management’, will take over coordination of rail services and further optimize operating processes. Together, terminal operators, the port administration and German rail network - DB Netze - aim to continually increase the quality and efficiency of the Port of Hamburg as a supply chain element. “Along with the other North German states, in Berlin we shall be urging that seaport-hinterland traffic routes should be properly catered for in the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. Only a high-performing and intact infrastructure will guarantee incoming and outgoing access for seaports in the interests of the entire national economy. We are also therefore hoping for a positive decision this year by the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig on the implementation of the dredging of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe,” emphasized Egloff.

    Both the dredging of the channel plus the expansion and modernization of transport infrastructure are of great importance for Hamburg’s future development as Germany’s leading port and logistics centre. Efficient transport links constitute the essential arteries for global foreign trade. The intelligent interchange and utilization of transport and logistics data, launched in Hamburg with smartPORT, will simplify efficient control of multimodal transport chains. Improved utilization of the existing transport infrastructure will as a result permit the acceptance and transport of additional cargo volumes.

  • New Port of Hamburg website goes online

    At the transport logistic trade fair in Munich, Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) today presented the new Internet website for the Port of Hamburg. Germany's largest seaport is now sporting state-of-the-art design and intuitive navigation for visitors. On the joint 'Gateway Hamburg' stand, the HHM managing directors Axel Mattern and Ingo Egloff showed the newly designed website to Frank Horch, Hamburg Senator for Economics, Transport and Innovation. The new site with its contemporary design and user-friendliness, makes its contribution towards showing the world the Port of Hamburg as an innovative universal port. Axel Mattern is pleased to see the intelligent offerings on supporting the development of the port into a digital, efficient smartPORT.
    Following the principle, one source for all, the previously independent portals and have been integrated and now present customers with the variety of the maritime economy in Hamburg and the metropolitan region under one domain. The relaunch has completely redesigned and restructured the pages. The new navigation is especially designed to meet the needs of the wide variety of users. The classic menu bar leads to the editorial content while the underlying icon menu bar provides a fast way into popular databases such as 'Ships' and 'Liner Services'. The sector guide PORTLog can be found under 'Port Contacts'. With the integration of address directories from and PORTlog the list of companies has grown to over 700 in more than 40 categories.

    Road traffic status in the port online

    In cooperation with the Hamburg Port Authority, the transport authorities and the Hamburg Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, the newly developed port plan reports on road traffic status in the Port of Hamburg.
    In addition to planned road works, the users can access traffic webcams and current traffic alerts. Any user interested can find more webcams in the handling points in the empty container yards. Information on terminals, depots and warehousing as well as other points of interest is also shown.

    Ship movements in real time

    On the port plan ship movements can be seen in real time. The system covers over 25,000 ships giving course, speed and background information from the German Bight to the Port of Hamburg. Visitors can get extra information on ships sailing in a liner service, such as the liner service itself and the port rotation. This is linked to the very popular 'Liner Services Database' so that with very few clicks the liner service agents, who serve these routes, can be seen.

    Interactive port statistics

    The representation of port statistics has also been revised technically and optically to integrate interactive display options. For example, time series can be be sorted by year or by imports and exports.
    The top 250 container ports worldwide can be compared and are linked with the Liner Services Database, where more information on the port is available.

    Intermodal database for Port customers

    Rail, inland-waterway vessels and truck services are also listed in the intermodal database. Service providers can enter their regular connections to and from Hamburg and the metropolitan region in the database, where they are in turn linked with PORTLog so that the customers can contact each provider quickly.  Further information on inland terminals complete the offering.

    Experience the port

    The Internet site shows interested visitors maritime highlights in the Port of Hamburg, historical ships, and viewpoints as well as offering port tours.
    At present we are working on a version of for smart phones and tablets. This will make access to the popular portal easier and available everywhere.

    Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V., or HHM, an association under private law, is responsible for location marketing for the Port of Hamburg as well as for the numerous member companies of our association. In accordance with our bylaws, activities within Hamburg are neutral both as far as specific companies and competition are concerned. HHM Hamburg and the representative offices are the first points of contact for queries pertaining to the Port of Hamburg throughout the world.

  • New “Port of Hamburg Liner Services 15/16” provides information on shipping connections to destinations around the world

    Posted on 4th May 2015

    The 2015/2016 issue of the “Port of Hamburg Liner Services” issued by the Port of Hamburg Marketing organization provides an extensive 58-page overview of direct liner services from Germany’s largest seaport to destinations across the globe. The directory, which is printed in magazine format, features a list of the Port of Hamburg’s liner, feeder and short-sea connections, split into sections for specific trade areas.

    The new “Port of Hamburg Liner Services 15/16” directory gives anyone working in the sea-freight sector a quick overview of all scheduled services linking Hamburg with other ports in more than 100 countries. Information is also provided on the operating shipping companies and agencies, the handling terminals and the various types of cargo. These range from full container loads and consolidated container loads to conventional general cargo, project cargo, heavy-lift cargo and Ro-Ro cargo. 

    You can find the information, as well as extensive additional information about the liner services, in the Liner Services Database at Here, you can also find information on the scheduled services per transshipment and offers from non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs). The Liner Services Database is accessed approximately 30,000 times a month.

    Both products published by the Port of Hamburg Marketing organization are prepared by the market research department, which also compiles analyses and studies offering detailed market and transport information.

    Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V., or HHM, an association under private law, is responsible for location marketing for the Port of Hamburg as well as for the numerous member companies of our association. In accordance with our bylaws, activities within Hamburg are neutral both as far as specific companies and competition are concerned. HHM Hamburg and the representative offices are the first points of contact for queries pertaining to the Port of Hamburg throughout the world.

  • Great variety of exhibitors on the “Gateway Hamburg” trade fair stand at transport logistic 2015 in Munich

    Posted on 25th March 2015

    Between 5 and 8 May around 50 companies from the port, transport and logistics industry in Hamburg and the region will be showcasing under the joint “Gateway Hamburg” umbrella at transport logistic 2015 in Munich, the world’s largest logistics trade fair. The great variety of exhibitors will reflect Hamburg’s immense range of services as a universal port and logistics base: Terminals for containers, bulk and multi-purpose cargoes, shipping companies; and liner agents; rail operators; transport service providers; container packing companies; experts on hazardous cargoes, chemicals and the environment; vocational and further training establishments; and much more. The stand organized by Port of Hamburg Marketing and Logistics Initiative Hamburg will be located at the centre of Hall B3 (Stand 209/310). A total of over 1,900 exhibitors from all over the world are expected for transport logistic on the Neue Messe München site.

     Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) is introducing its new Internet portal in good time for transport logistic 2015. This re-structured online portal is notable for modern design and intuitive menu guidance and has been optimized for smartphones and tablets. One special highlight is the brand new Port Plan that enables ship movements and the status of road traffic in the Port of Hamburg to be monitored in realtime. The system contains data on over 25,000 vessels, along with background information. On shore, webcams convey current traffic status on the roads. The range is supplemented by news of planned roadworks and up-to-the minute traffic bulletins. The portal is also presented along with online entry under the domain Just two years ago, the directory went on line for transport logistic 2013. PORTlog enables customers, for example firms in trade and industry, to locate rapidly and precisely the right suppliers for their imports and exports of transport, cargo handling, warehousing and other services in Hamburg, the Metropolitan Region and along the transport chain. Over 800 companies from 40 different industries meanwhile offer their services through this.

     The “Gateway Hamburg Fair Talk” will be an additional highlight. On the first three days of the fair, these 15-minute talk shows with representatives of the port and logistics industry, the public sector and the world of politics will be held four times a day on the “Gateway Hamburg” stand. Just a few of the exciting topics up for discussion will be smartPORT, system innovations for handling mega-containerships, Hamburg’s candidature for the Olympics that will lead to restructuring measures in its port area, further development of environmentally friendly hinterland services, and current developments in the Port of Hamburg’s core markets, e.g. the Baltic region. Journalist Björn Helmke will be acting as host. The complete schedule of talks, a plan of the stand and data on co-exhibitors will be available on the special page from early April.

     The “Gateway Hamburg” stand will cover 950 square metres. This makes it one of the largest exhibitor areas at this international trade fair for logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management. Among those represented on separate sections of the stand will be Hamburg Port Authority, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) and BUSS Group.

     Further co-exhibitors will be: Arivist Group, Brunsbüttel Ports, C. Steinweg (Süd-West Terminal), China Shipping Agency (Germany), Conical, Emons-Rail-Cargo, Fr. Meyer's Sohn, Höegh Autoliners, HPTI Hamburg Port Training Institute, IGS Logistics Group Holding, Ixocon, ma-co maritimes competenzcentrum, Magdeburger Hafen, Norgatec Handelsgesellschaft, PCH Packing Center Hamburg, Rendsburg Port, Saco Shipping, Sea Master Shipping, Seaexpress Logistics, TCI International Logistics, TCO Transcargo, Team Lines Deutschland dba Delphis Logistics, UMCO Umwelt Consult,, WCT Europe.


    Germany’s largest universal port

     The Port of Hamburg is among Europe’s most flexible and top performing universal ports. Hamburg offers suitable handling facilities for loads of all types, from containers to bulk and project cargoes, to liquid cargoes and dangerous goods. There also special terminals for RoRo cargo and for handling valuable waste and recyclables. At over 50 facilities, state-of-the-art handling technologies and highly trained staff guarantee swift and safe goods handling.

     Hamburg’s terminals handled around 146 million tons of seaborne cargoes in 2014. In handling 9.7 million TEU (standard containers), Hamburg is also Europe’s second largest container port, which also consolidated its 15th place among the world’s largest container ports.


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  • Port of Hamburg Magazine appears with new look online and as print version

    Posted on 19th March 2015

    Featuring a new concept and new layout, the Port of Hamburg Magazine 1.15 supplies many exciting stories all about the nautical accessibility of the Port of Hamburg, the work of pilots and the dispatch at port terminals. It takes the reader on a trip by ultra large container vessel from the North Sea via the Elbe River right into the Port of Hamburg, on a container gantry crane, on a tug boat at work, to the Seafarer’s Club ‘Duckdalben’ and many more. Explanatory graphics along with info boxes containing background information and photographs round out the magazine.


    With the redesigned Port of Hamburg Magazine, Port of Hamburg Marketing provides numerous information of the maritime world of Germany’s largest universal port. Furthermore, daily news from the transport and port business are published on and the newsletter PORTnews.


    The online version of the magazine also got a new look and is now available for flipping through in German and English – also via smartphone and tablet computer:  


    Further press photos of the Port of Hamburg can be found on  


    Hafen Hamburg Marketing e.V., or HHM, an association under private law, is responsible for location marketing for the Port of Hamburg as well as for the numerous member companies of our association. In accordance with our bylaws, activities within Hamburg are neutral both as far as specific companies and competition are concerned. HHM Hamburg and the representative offices are the first points of contact for queries pertaining to the Port of Hamburg throughout the world.


    Port of Hamburg Marketing Regd. Assn.

    Press and Public Relations


    Bengt van Beuningen (vB), Tel.: +49 40 37709-110

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  • The World’s most important Port Conference comes to Hamburg

    Posted on 2nd March 2015

     This year’s IAPH World Ports Conference will be held in Hamburg. From June 1st - 5th, international representatives from business, politics and science will gather to debate changing demands and alternative actions required in our times of globalisation and climate change. The conference will focus on the smartPORT concept developed by the host of the conference, the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA). During the five-day conference delegates will get to hear about what Hamburg, Europe and the world mean by intelligent port management.

    In this context Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, will show how IT-supported infrastructure makes economic and logistical processes more efficient and sustainable in the Port of Hamburg. Michael Pal, Principal Logistics Analyst for Fremantle Ports, will demonstrate an Australian perspective on intelligent port management on the example of “Truck Marshalling Automation and Key Performance Indicator Control”. On top, representatives from Stockholm, Valencia and the Far East will present answers to the question of what makes a port a smartPORT.
    Read more here
  • Leser India

    Posted on 25th February 2015

    On 29th January 2015 Hamburg Chief Representative Peter Deubet and Business Manager Hannah Truxius attended the launch of a new safety valve by Leser. Leser is one of the largest manufacturer of safety valves in Europe and is a family enterprise in its fifth generation from Hamburg and a one in a time success story with its start in India in 1987.

    LESER India Launch Inauguration Lamp lighting ceremony By Chief Guests and LESER India team (Left to right) Mr. Praveen Kulkarni – GM Sales & mktg, Mr. Mradul Verma – Marketing Manager, LESER India, Mr. Peter Deubet, Dy. Director General of Indo-German Chamber of commerce and Mr. S. K. Singhal, Executive Director, IOCL , Mr. Neeraj Mangal – CEO LESER India, Mr. Joachim Klaus – Chairmen, LESER, Mr. Matthias Stein – Marketing Manager LESER 


    Read more about Leser and the LESER Type 526 here.

  • Seaports call for appropriate recognition in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan

    Posted on 18th February 2015

    The Port of Hamburg is the German economy’s Gateway to the World. Along with the other German seaports, it plays an essential role for seaborne foreign trade as an interface between land and sea transport. Its excellent accessibility by water and overland is crucial for the operation of worldwide transport chains. Consequently the Port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest overseas port, has emerged as a high-performance logistics hub for handling worldwide cargo flows.


    “When the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is agreed this year, the forecast growth in freight traffic makes it essential that maintenance and expansion of routes to the seaports is given top priority,” demands Ingo Egloff of Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Executive Board. To ensure accessibility from the north sea, a decision by the courts on the implementation of the widening and deepening of the navigation channel on the Lower and Outer Elbe is urgently needed this year. “Along with international shipping companies and port customers, we have already waited far too long for the start of dredging,” said Egloff. The urgency of the situation meanwhile is shown by the fact that in 2014 ultra large containerships made 507 calls in Hamburg. “So we had around 24 percent more calls by containerships with slot capacities of over 10,000 TEU than in the previous year. Even the most obstinate opponents of modification of the channel must slowly recognize that to re-route such a large number of ocean-going ships to other ports would be by no means simple. Not to speak of the appalling environmental consequences of shifting cargo traffic from ocean-going ships on to hundreds of trucks,” stressed Egloff.


    A rise of over 50 percent in seaport-hinterland traffic will decisively shape the growth in total freight traffic forecast for Germany in the years to come. Against this background, in Egloff’s view transport routes to the seaports must rate top priority in the new Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan. For Egloff, functioning transport routes properly equipped to handle further volume growth are a guarantee for smooth supplies for the country’s industry. These are also in the interest of the national economy as a whole. 

    Read the whole article here

  • Port of Hamburg Press Service: Port of Hamburg achieves best-ever throughput in 2014

    Posted on 10th February 2015

    With total throughput of 145.7 million tons, representing growth of 4.8 percent, the Port of Hamburg achieved its best-ever result in 2014. Up by 6.1 percent at 102.7 million tons, general cargo throughput was outstanding. A 1.7 percent increase in bulk cargo throughput to 43.0 million tons also contributed to the new record for Germany’s largest universal port.


    In 2014 the Port of Hamburg set a new record for seaborne cargo handling. Never before had such cargo volumes been loaded and discharged in the Port of Hamburg. “This year of throughput records was possible because port customers and shipowners rely on Hamburg and value our port’s high quality performance. Along with its excellent liner services and links with markets in Germany and abroad, the outstanding level of performance by the port and its many providers of cargo handling, logistics and transport services continue to prove convincing for its many customers. “Internationally, Hamburg belongs in the Champions League of world ports, achieving above-average growth compared to its European competitors,” emphasized Axel Mattern of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM)’s Executive Board in presenting the port’s results. "I am very pleased with the annual result. It shows how important it is to develop and implement intelligent solutions for the port. With our smartPORT strategy, we are set on precisely the right course for the future of the Port of Hamburg," says Jens Meier, CEO of Hamburg Port Authority.

    Read more here!

  • Presenting our new Partner: the Hamburg Business Development Corporation

    Posted on 4th February 2015

    Since January of 2015 the Hamburg Business Development Corporation is the official fourth partner of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. They are contributing their knowledge to the already existing three main partner: the senate chancellery, the Hamburg chamber of commerce and the Port of Hamburg Marketing. The Hamburg Representation Mumbai will therefore provide even deeper knowledge of the market entry and company formation in Hamburg and the local economy.

    The HWF is the one stop agency for national and international investment in Hamburg as well as central partner of the Hamburg's economy on all aspects of business development. With their “Mittelstandslotsin” as key contact they provide custom-tailored support for small and medium-sized enterprises. The HWF also promotes the business location Hamburg at home and abroad.

    The HWF Hamburg Business Development Corporation is a private-enterprise consultancy company that specifically supports growing companies in their plans to expand, restructure or invest in Hamburg. HWF also is a driving force in the development of future-oriented industries: logistics, aviation, renewable energy, maritime industry and MITT (Media, IT & Telecommunication).

    International merchant communities, industry networks and associations will find in the HWF a competent partner, pursuing the interests of their member companies. In co-operation with industry networks and other partners, HWF developed and implemented several schemes to secure skilled labour at short and long term.

    HWF main Tasks 

    ·         Bringing in international companies

    ·         Supporting local business

    ·         Cluster management

    ·         Marketing the location

    ·         Commercial real estate service

    The following, additional service is provided for companies seeking a base for their business in Germany:

    ·         Extensive locational information

    ·         Identifying suitable office and commercial space using HWF's Commercial Real Estate Service

    ·         Help to set up business in Hamburg

    ·         Support in procuring residence and work permits

  • Gigantic 19,100-TEU containership CSCL GLOBE in Hamburg on maiden voyage – growth in China trade continues

    Posted on 14th January 2015

    With the CSCL GLOBE, from 13-15 January the Port of Hamburg will for the first time be handling a 19,100-TEU vessel. She is currently the world’s largest containership operating in a liner service and is deployed in the Europe-East Asia trade. This year China will again be further expanding its position as Hamburg’s leading trading partner for container traffic. On the basis of the first evaluation of 2014 throughput figures for container traffic with China, Port of Hamburg Marketing assumes that the three-million-TEU mark will be reached.

    Read more here.

  • The Hamburg Business Development Corporation visits India

    Posted on 7th January 2015

    Hamburg Representation Mumbai in cooperation with Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF – Hamburger Wirtschaftsförderung) held a seminar on the topic “Hamburg as an investment and business location” in Mumbai. Director International Business and Member of the Board Mr. Stephan Matz arrived from Hamburg to experience the culture and lifestyle of India and its local business culture. HWF is partner and focal point for all international companies that are interested in the metropolitan area of Hamburg. Mr. Matz presented both the administrative and business structures as well as the numerous cluster initiatives located in Hamburg during the seminar.

    Read more here!

  • Seaborne cargo throughput of 110 million tons in the first nine months sets new record for Port of Hamburg

    Posted on 25th November 2014

    With total throughput of around 110 million tons, the Port of Hamburg set a new record in the first nine months of 2014. Almost all throughput segments contributed their share to this growth, which at 5.7 percent was outstanding compared to the same period of the previous year. Container handling, which dominates in Hamburg as a universal port, also achieved a record mark of 7.4 million TEU (20-ft standard containers). Gaining 6.4 percent here, Hamburg is growing faster than competing ports in Northern Europe. These reported average growth of 1.9 percent in total throughput and of 4.0 percent for container handling. The Port of Hamburg accordingly enlarged its market share of container traffic for the period January to September from 26.1 percent to 26.7 percent.


    Learn more here.

  • Invest in Hamburg – Your Gateway to Europe

    Posted on 12th November 2014
    The Hamburg Representation Mumbai together with the Hamburg Business Development Corporation invites you to an Investor’s Conference on 8th December 2014 promoting Hamburg as an excellent investment location and your gateway to Europe. Extensive information will be provided by the speakers on various topics such as sectors, taxation, legal framework and experiences in Hamburg. 
    Hamburg hosts a number of innovative growth sectors, most notably in the fields of port & logistics, life sciences, the aviation industry, and media & IT. Other promising key sectors are renewable energy, maritime industry and trade relations with Asia, making Hamburg the ideal business location for Indian companies seeking success in the European Market.
    Interested? Get informed at the conference and invest in Hamburg!
    For more information kindly write to:
    Mrs. Hannah Truxius or
    0091 2266652150 (by invitation only).
  • Efficient Coordination of Mega-ship Calls Boosts Port of Hamburg

    Posted on 12th November 2014

    Efficient Coordination of Mega-ship Calls Boosts Port of Hamburg

    The number of ultra large vessels calling at the Port of Hamburg has been on the increase for years. This is resulting in some major challenges for the port operators, shipping companies and authorities. With the introduction of the Nautical Terminal Coordination (NTK), there is now a body to handle the centralised operational coordination of mega-ship calls for the first time – long before a vessel proceeds up the estuary of the river Elbe. It draws on the experience and the structures of the Feeder Logistics Center (FLZ).

    Learn more here.

  • Services of the Port of Hamburg

    Services of the Port of Hamburg provide excellent support to Indian shipment and trading companies

    The Port of Hamburg is Germany’s Gateway to the World and the second largest port in Europe. In 2013, the total cargo turnover accounted for 139 million tonnes with 98% of the cargo being containerized. Both import and export of seaborne cargo have increased by 5.4% and 7.2% respectively between 2012 and 2013. At the same time, the cargo handled from/to Asia has increased by more than 8%.

    In 2011, the Hamburg Representation Mumbai office was established to deepen the economic, political, cultural and academic ties between India and the region of Hamburg, Due to India’s importance for the logistic, shipping and trade sector in the Northern German region, the Port of Hamburg is one of the founding partners of the Hamburg Representation Mumbai. With a direct office and representation in India, the port can serve its Indian customers better and is able to promote the region of Hamburg as a logistic hub in Europe more effectively.

    Services offered by Port of Hamburg include:

    ·         With the PORTlog –your virtual freight village, the Port of Hamburg facilitates companies and individuals worldwide with a platform to find service providers engaged in the fields of transport, handling, warehousing and other services. The website is available in 7 languages and allows service suppliers to list their company details under specific categories. This helps customers to quickly search and filter the results. Please check out the PORTlog at

    ·         With its dense network of over a hundred worldwide liner services and its outstanding transport links, the Port of Hamburg fulfils a vital function in global foreign trade both for the economy of Germany and the global economy in general. The Liner Service Database reports liner company’s and agent’s direct connections via the Port of Hamburg as well as transhipment opportunities and other additional services offered by NVOCCs. Please find more details at

    ·         HPC Hamburg Port Consulting GmbHis the leading management consultant in the worldwide port and transport sector. It is an independent company within Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) group and provides expert knowledge in the field of Business Development and Strategy, Technical Assistance and Management, Terminal Development and Design, Engineering, Software and IT Solutions and Project Management. To find more information, kindly visit the website:

    ·         The Port of Hamburg Magazine is a bilingual quarterly magazine that informs about news, activities and events of the maritime sector in Hamburg and the Port of Hamburg in general. The PDF version can be downloaded here: If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Port of Hamburg Magazine, kindly contact Mrs. Hannah Truxius.

    ·         The annual Port of Hamburg Handbook provides all partners, clients and companies interested in the Port of Hamburg with wide ranging information on the potentials and capacities of the maritime and logistics sector in Hamburg and the region. The PDF version can be downloaded here: If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Port of Hamburg 2014 Handbook, kindly contact Mrs. Hannah Truxius.

    ·         Additional supporting servicesat the Port of Hamburg are designed to meet all the demands of the port customer. Services range from traditional cargo handling, warehousing, container repair and leasing through value-added services and logistics right up to IT and communications solutions. You can find detailed information on the port of Hamburg website at

  • Berth 5/6 inaugurated: Container Terminal Burchardkai ready for 18,000-TEU ships

    Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) inaugurated the berth 5/6 at its Container Terminal Burchardkai (CTB) today. State-of-the-art container gantry cranes make it possible to handle ships with a capacity of 18,000 standard containers (TEU) there. The CTB is thus prepared for the latest generation of mega-ships.

    Dr. Stefan Behn, member of the Executive Board of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG and responsible for the Container segment, emphasises the importance of the new berth: ‘With the new berth 5/6, we are able to handle the world’s largest container ships quickly and efficiently. The increase in handling capacity helps us to manage the peak loads caused by the ever-growing number of increasingly larger ships. Our customers can therefore also even better keep the container mega-ships on their tight schedules. The development of ships’ sizes confirmes our timely decision to rebuild the Container Terminal Burchardkai without interrupting normal operations, thus gradually increasing its capacity to over five million standard containers and making sure it is in the best-possible condition for the future. The new berth is a central component of this project, which underpins HHLA’s claim to technological leadership.’

    Berth 5/6 is equipped with five of the most modern tandem container gantry cranes in the world. The new gantry cranes, from the Chinese manufacturer ZPMC, are designed for container ships with 24 transverse container rows. Thanks to their 74-metre jibs, they are very well equipped to handle the 23 container rows of 18,000-TEU ships. The new cranes can also operate in tandem mode. One hub makes it possible to move two 40-foot containers or four 20-foot containers. Each gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes and can handle a maximum payload of 110 tonnes. Berth 5/6 is 595 metres long. A total of more than 1,400 metres of quay and 15 container gantry cranes are available at CTB’s port of Waltershof to handle the mega-ships. The new quay walls have a load-bearing capacity of approximately 1,000 kilonewtons. Each container gantry crane weighs 2,400 tonnes. To build them, approximately 280,000 m3 of sand were rinsed and a 22-metre-wide stem was built. Total capital expenditure amounted to € 85.5 million.

    Read more here:

  • Highlights of Companies Act 2013

    The Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) notified 183 sections of the new Companies Act, 2013 (the Act), which came into effect from 1 April 2014. With this, 282 of 470 sections of the Act have been notified in a phased manner. The changes in the Act have far-reaching implications that are set to significantly change the manner in which companies operate in India.

    Chapter II, “Incorporation of Company and Matters Incidental thereto”, and the corresponding Companies (Incorporation) Rules, 2014 have also come into effect from 1 April 2014. In this note, we have encapsulated the major changes with respect to the incorporation of companies and the possible implications.
    Read more here
  • HHLA Increases Revenue and Earnings

    In the first half of 2014, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) increased its revenue by 5.2 percent to € 595.7 million and improved its operating result (EBIT) by 3.4 percent to € 81.4 million. HHLA has confirmed its forecast for the full year 2014.

    “Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG has achieved a favourable performance in the first half of 2014. We have maintained our significantly expanded market position in container handling as well as the growth trend for our container transport services, with a further rise in market shares. This has enabled us to generate higher revenue and improve our earnings. Despite rising competitive pressure and continuing infrastructure restrictions, this is a highly significant development”, said Klaus-Dieter Peters, Chairman of HHLA’s E xecutive Board.

    With growth of 2.1 percent in throughput at its Hamburg container terminals, HHLA has consolidated its market position among Northern Europe’s major ports. However, the drop in container throughput at the HHLA terminal in Odessa (Ukraine) as a result of the crisis there meant

    that the Container segment recorded an overall increase in throughput of just 0.7 percent to 3.8 million standard containers (TEU) in the first half of 2014. Feeder traffic via the Baltic to Russia also declined for the first time since 2009. By contrast, the growth in throughput in Hamburg was due to the sharp rise of 8.0 percent in Far East traffic on existing liner services compared with the first half of 2013.

    Read more here.

  • Logistics Initiative Hamburg

    Aiming to strengthen and expand Hamburg’s role as the leading logistics hub in Northern Europe, the State Ministry of Economic and Labour Affairs and Hamburg’s business community established Logistics Initiative Hamburg.

    A strong network to link the fields of business, science and research, enhancing Hamburg’s profile as a logistics industry location in collaboration with the business development intitiatives in the metropolitan region, and comprehensive knowledge transfer to support companies and promote innovation – these are the prime objectives. The Initiative’s spokesperson is Dr. Peer Witten, member of the board of directors of the Otto Group and chairman of the HHLA supervisory board.

    Logistics Initiative Hamburg is a facilitator to concentrate and voice the companies’ ideas, requirements and interests. Growth barriers can be clearly identified and removed. This includes personnel qualification and brokerage, as well as the allocation and development of real estate, commercial zones and a transport infrastructure capable of supporting the logistics sector. Companies willing to set up a base in Hamburg are provided with single-source location management services.

    Check out more detailed information on this website:

  • Major Global Ports Conference 2015 in Hamburg

    Next year the Port of Hamburg will be the venue for the premier event of the port community. From
    June 1 to 5, 2015 the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) will be the host of the 29th IAPH International
    World Ports Conference, the most important global conference of the maritime industry. Under the
    banner theme of “City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT” some1,000 guests from all over the
    world will gather in Hamburg to debate the importance of sustainability in the maritime industry. On the
    example of the Port of Hamburg the HPA will demonstrate how intelligent port management helps to
    strike a balance between the needs of business and the environment. For more information about the
    conference and how to register, please go to If you secure your place at the
    conference now, you will benefit from the early bird offer.
    29th IAPH International World Ports Conference: "City of Hamburg – Calling at the smartPORT”
    During the five-day conference of the IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors) in
    Hamburg international representatives from business, politics and science will address the challenges
    confronting us all in times of globalisation and climate change and discuss alternative actions to
    ensure sustainable economic growth with as little impact on the environment as possible. The biennial
    conference will be held at the Congress Center Hamburg (CCH). Other port cities that hosted the
    IAPH International World Ports Conference in the past include Los Angeles and Busan.
    Call for Papers and Company Presence in the Exhibition Area offer a wide Range of Contents
    To promote a broad exchange of information at the international event, the HPA has initiated a Call for
    Papers. If you are interested in becoming a speaker at the conference, please submit your proposal.
    Apart from sharing knowledge and experiences during the conference days, the event also is about
    networking. An exhibitor and trade show area as well as a diverse supporting programme will provide
    delegates with excellent networking opportunities. A range of sponsorship packages are available for
    companies to present their products and services, maximise brand awareness and build contacts. In
    the evening conference attendees can look forward to visits and gala events at Hamburg’s city hall,
    the Chamber of Commerce or the Fischauktionshalle [fish auction hall] as well as sightseeing tours in
    the Port of Hamburg.
    Since 2005 the Hamburg Port Authority has been providing future-oriented port management services
    offering one face to the customer. As an institution under public law, the HPA is in charge of paving
    the way for the efficient, resource-friendly and sustainable implementation of infrastructure projects in
    the port. The HPA is the contact point for all kinds of questions concerning the waterside and the
    landside infrastructure, the navigational safety of vessel traffic, port railway facilities, port property
    management and the economic conditions within the port area. The HPA ensures the provision of land
    as required, carries out all statutory duties placed on it and provides port industry services. It markets
    port-specific technical knowledge and represents the interests of Hamburg’s Port at a national and
    international level.
    For any questions or inquiries please ask Hamburg Representation Mumbai
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  • Port of Hamburg Handbook 2014

    The Port of Hamburg Handbook 2014 provides you with valuable information and useful content on the Port of Hamburg and the maritime sector. This edition includes articles on the potential for inland waterway craft, cargo handling, the boost of the wind energy sector in Northern Germany and a special on Poland -an important foreign trade partner for the Port of Hamburg.

    Please click here if you wish to download the bilingual Port of Hamburg Handbook 2014 as a PDF.

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  • A fresh breeze kicks off new dynamics at the Hamburg Representation Mumbai

    Since March 2014 the Hamburg Representation Mumbai has a new face. The Hamburg Business Manager Hannah Truxius, born in Hamburg and recent graduate in Indology Studies, represents from now on the economic and academic interests of the Hamburg companies and universities in Mumbai.

    With lots of great ideas in mind a few projects, such as an academic student exchange and the re-establishment of the newsletter "Die Indienrundschau", have already been initiated in the first few months. The newest edition of the newsletter you can find here. Furthermore, the latest news about Mumbai's ports and the Indian economy are published weekly in the PortBlog.

    Other large projects, such as onsite-marketing for the Hamburg Port, intervention of knowledge partners, trade fair participation and delegations are planned.

    Mrs. Hannah Truxius and the Hamburg Representation Mumbai are looking forward to support you in any economic, academic, industrial and logistic matters concerning the Indian subcontinent. For consultation please send an Email to

    (Published on 2014-04-25)

  • Third SMM India's distinguished exhibitors a magnet for industry visitors

    Once again it was the highlight of the year for the subcontinent's maritime sector: The organisers, exhibitors and visitors of SMM India, the international maritime trade fair mumbai, all unanimously applauded the three-day exhibition and conference.

    SMM Final Report (SMM India)

  • New Port of Hamburg Online Marketplace

    In future supply and demand in the Port of Hamburg should be matched even more efficiently. From today the new online shop-system PORTlog is online. Both German and international customers should immediately be able to locate the right service provider in the warehousing, logistics or transport fields for their imports and exports in Hamburg and the metropolitan region rapidly and precisely. More than 1000 warehousing and logistics companies operate in the Hamburg region alone.

    Hamburg Hafen Marketing e.V. Press Release

  • Claudia Roller, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Hamburg Marketing, is to retire at the end of the year

    At the end of this year Claudia Roller, Chief Executive Officer of Port of Hamburg Marketing Regd. Assn., will be retiring. From 1 April 2008 Claudia Roller served first as an executive board member of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) and then as CEO. Together with her executive board member colleague Axel Mattern she has successfully lead the marketing organization for the Port of Hamburg with great dedication. With its many varied activities at home and abroad HHM has helped to strengthen the Port of Hamburg’s competitive position.

    Hamburg Hafen Marketing e.V. Press Release

  • Brilliant cargo handling figures from Port of Hamburg for 2011 first half

    Germany's largest universal port profited from a strengthened world economy and achieved a strong advance with seaborne cargo throughput up by 9.4 percent. During the first half of the year the Port of Hamburg handled seaborne cargoes totalling 64.1 million tons.

    Brilliant cargo handling figures from Port of Hamburg for 2011 first half (Press Release)

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  • Containership newbuilding UMM SALAL makes first call in Port of Hamburg

    On 7 June 2011 the UMM SALAL, the biggest containership to date belonging to United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), tied up in the Port of Hamburg on her maiden voyage. The giant container ship, with a capacity of 13,100 TEU (20 foot standard containers) was handled at Eurogate Container Terminal Hamburg (CTH).

    Containership newbuilding UMM SALAL makes first call in Port of Hamburg (Press Release)

  • Axel Mattern appointed new Chief Executive Officer at Port of Hamburg Marketing

    Axel Mattern is to become Chief Executive Officer at Port of Hamburg Marketing Association. The decision to appoint him to the Port of Hamburg Marketing executive board was taken by the association's supervisory board at its meeting on 31 May 2011, effective as of 1 June 2011.

    Axel Mattern appointed new Chief Executive Officer at Port of Hamburg Marketing (Press Release)

  • Considerable growth for Port of Hamburg in 2011 first quarter

    In the first three months of 2011 the Port of Hamburg achieved above-average growth of 18.2 percent in container throughput and a 9.8 percent gain in total seaborne cargo throughput. Whereas the Western ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp reported increases in container throughput for the same period of 2011 of 10.1 and 7.9 percent, respectively, with throughput of 2.1 million TEU growth for the Port of Hamburg reached 18.2 percent.


    Considerable growth for Port of Hamburg in 2011 first quarter (Press Release)