Both general cargo throughput at 23.9 million tons - up 5.4 per cent - and bulk cargo throughput at 10.7 million tons - up 7.5 per cent - rose substantially in the first three months.
A total of 121,000 TEU for container transport with the US represented an almost fourfold jump, catapulting the America into second place among Hamburg's top trading partners. Twelve liner services now link the Port of Hamburg directly with 29 ports in the US, Mexico and Canada.
'The four new transatlantic services run by THE Alliance plus renewed growth in bulk cargo handling are putting the port on a growth path. Hamburg has now become the hub for services with the US, Mexico and Canada,' said Axel Mattern, joint CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.
Some 14.1 million tons, in the general cargo segment German foreign trade with the US now constitutes the second strongest market after China with around 21 million tons.
The first quarter feeder traffic and landside seaport-hinterland services were up eight per cent to 1.45 million TEU. Of the total of 2.3 million TEU handled, 865,000 TEU - up 3.8 per cent - were transported by feedership to other European ports.