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.



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