HAMBURG's first half container volume fell 1.2 per cent year on year to 4.5 million TEU, according to figures from the Port of Hamburg Marketing.
But last year's collapse in container traffic with China and Russia has ended, said the marketing department's press release.
"Despite the continuance of foreign trade sanctions, 216,000 TEU have been transported between the Port of Hamburg and Russia, representing a 2.3 per cent increase," it said.
"China developed more steadily - one per cent below the previous year's figure at 1.3 million TEU. Very satisfactory is the growing importance of India, which with 128,000 TEU ?up 9.9 per cent," said the statement.
Finnish box volume was up 4.3 per cent year on year with US throughput rising 7.3 per cent. The UAE was up 14 per cent and UK volume increased 13.1 per cent.
Some growth was attributed to a downturn in transshipment services with Baltic ports, down 5.7 per cent for Poland and 5.6 per cent for Sweden.
Non-containerised general cargo throughput, of oversize plant elements and ro-ro cargo was down 6.9 per cent to 815,000 tonnes.
First half bulk cargo was down 1.4 per cent to 23.3 million tonnes year on year with imports up 6.7 per cent to 17.1 million tonnes while exports plunged 18.3 per cent to 6.2 million tonnes.
Liquid bulk oil product imports increased 65.4 per cent to 5.1 million tonnes. Apart from the closure of a large major refinery in Hamburg, this was caused by heavier inland demand that boosted imports. In all, liquid bulk was up 6.5 per cent to 7.2 million tonnes.
Source : HKSG.