Container traffic with China, the most important area for Hamburg, increased by 9.8% to 3M TEU. Russian traffic fell by 7.8% to 662,000 TEU due to the im pact of sanctions and the falling value of the Rouble.
As if to ''rain on Hamburg's parade," the Port of Rotterdam has issued a statement that in 2014 Rotterdam became the first European port to handle more than 3M TEU in China o/d trade. However, there is clearly some discrepancy in the counting done by Rotterdam and Hamburg.
Rotterdam is claiming that in 2013 Hamburg handled 2.3M TEU of China o/d traffic (as against Rotterdam's 2.4M TEU). But Hamburg's report that its China o/d traffic increased by 9.8% in 2014 to 3M TEU means that it handled around 2.7M TEU in China o/d trade in 2013, or 0.4M TEU more than Rotterdam says Hamburg handled.
Eurogate Group has reported that it increased its container handling volumes Europe-wide in 2014 by 4.2% to 14.8M TEU, an all-time record that included 8.1M TEU (+ 3.5%) at the German terminals in Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Wilhelmshaven. Recently CSCL GLOBE (19,100 TEU) called at Eurogate Hamburg and on 6 March MSC OSCAR (19,224 TEU), is expected at Eurogate Wilhelmshaven as part of the M2 schedule.