Port of Hamburg Agrees Russia Trade Partnership

HHM / Alexander Zubkov

The Port of Hamburg has signed two new cooperation deals with Russian partners, following discussions at the country’s largest logistics trade fair TransRussia.

Held from April 15-17, the event allowed Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) and Digital Transport and Logistics (DTL), an alliance set up by leading transport firms such as Russian Railways (RZD) and Aeroflot, to form a collaborative agreement.

According to a statement, this new partnership will promote cooperation in the field of digitalization and the development of data services, while fulfilling commercial requirements.

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Alexei Semenov, Russia’s Deputy Minister of Transport, underlined the importance of collaborating with Germany’s largest seaports.

“The exchange of experience between leading concerns in the Russian transport sector and port operators in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is of such importance because numerous digital solutions and services are already being used successfully there today.

“Such applications can also contribute towards development of multimodal freight services between Russia and Germany.”


TransRussia 2019 (HHM / Natalia Kapkajewa)


Ingo Egloff, Joint CEO of HHM, also commented: “Signature of the memorandum and our highly promising cooperation with ‘Digital Transport and Logistics’ is the first step towards beneficial cooperation at a commercial level.

“Our countries already observe high standards in digitalizing the transport and logistics sector. Cooperation can assist us in building faster and simpler logistics chains and optimizing international transport corridors.”

HHM’s Egloff also signed an agreement with Alexandr Neklyudov, Director of Rosatom’s AO Atomenergoprom project.

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Rosatom has been commissioned by the Russian government to develop areas along the ‘Northern Sea Route’ and, with the support of HHM, wishes to strengthen and expand cooperation between ports along this shipping route.

Natalia Kapkajewa, HHM representative, said: “Trade and shipping have linked Hamburg and Russia ever since Hanse days.

“With an efficient link to international shipping, the regions of Polar Ural, Yamal and Krasnojarsk that are rich in raw materials will develop well. Our multiplicity of contacts and connections on the German and Russian sides will make a handsome contribution to this.”

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