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Hamburg’s cargo volumes slightly down in 1H of 2017

August 20, 2017 - Port of Hamburg saw a 0.2 percent decrease in seabor,ne cargo throughput which totaled 70 million tons in the first six months of 2017, compared to 70.2 million tons recorded in the same period a year earlier. The port’s seaborne cargo exports, including both general and bulk cargo segments, totaled 30.3 million tons in 1H 2017, a rise of 1.3 percent compared to 29.9 million tons seen in the six-month period of 2016. What is more, the port’s seaborne cargo imports stood at 39.7 million tons in the first half of 2017, a drop of 1.4 percent compared to 40.3 million tons reported in 1H 2016. With bulk cargo handling in Hamburg totaling 23.5 million tons and being up by 1 percent in the first half, trends for imports and exports differed, the port said. On the import side, the first-half total of 16.8 million tons meant a 1.3 percent downturn. When it comes to exports, bulk cargo throughput was strong at 6.7 million tons, up by 7.4 percent. First-half non-containerized general cargo throughput was 720,000 tons and remained below the previous year’s, being down 11.7 percent. During the first six months of 2017, container throughput amounted to 4.45 million TEU and was at the previous year’s level.

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