TransRussia offered a suitable environment between April 19-22 for showcasing the Port of Hamburg’s range of logistics services.
Despite significantly lower foreign trade in 2015, and against a background of continuing trade sanctions and a tight economic situation in Russia, companies used the Port of Hamburg joint-venture stand organised by Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM) to cultivate existing contacts on the Russian market and to forge new ones.
Ingo Egloff, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, said: “For the Port of Hamburg and many of our member companies, Russia is one of their most important trading partners. For Russia and the entire Baltic region, the Port of Hamburg performs the especially vital hub function as a high-performance port for seaborne foreign trade.
“In combination with its Baltic feeder services with Russian ports, Hamburg offers superb shipping opportunities on a dense network of liner services to all regions of the world. The momentary downturn in exports to Russia primarily attributable to the economic situation there is also leading to lower transhipment throughput in Hamburg.
“Nevertheless, we are assuming that with the onset of a fresh economic upswing, excellent development prospects will open up for Hamburg and Russia’s Baltic ports.”
One reflection of the positive relations between Hamburg and Russia were the discussions held during TransRussia between Under-Secretary Dr Rolf Bösinger, Ingo Egloff, and Maksim Sokolov, Russian Minister of Transport.