Successful Moscow visit by Port of Hamburg delegation includes TransRussia trade fair presentation

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port_of_hamburg_1500x1000TransRussia, the country’s largest logistics trade fair, offered an ideal environment last week for showcasing the Port of Hamburg’s vast range of logistics services.

Despite significantly lower foreign trade last year, especially, 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.

Co-exhibitors were Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG, Samskip and Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft. The Port of Hamburg’s participation in TransRussia was considered extremely successful by all those involved.

“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,” declared Ingo Egloff, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing.

For Marina Basso Michael, Port of Hamburg Marketing’s Head of Market Development in the Baltic Region and Eastern Europe, and Natalia Kapkajewa, Head of HHM’s Representative Office in St Petersburg, in difficult times the ongoing cultivation of contacts with Russian partners and introduction of new business contacts with companies from the Hamburg Metropolitan Region is of special importance.

Trade fair participation in combination with expert discussions on cooperation in the Baltic region, and the exchange of know-how between ports and companies, was also the occasion for arranging a programme for a delegation of high-ranking representatives from Hamburg and the Metropolitan Region.

The delegation travelled to Moscow at the invitation of Port of Hamburg Marketing and the Free and Hanseatic City’s Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation, and comprised Under-Secretary Dr Rolf Bösinger from the Ministry, Tino Klemm of Hamburg Port Authority’s management board, Dr Rolf Strittmatter, Chief Executive Officer of the Hamburg Business Development Corporation (HWF), Dr Sebastian Jürgens, Managing Director of Lübecker Hafen-Gesellschaft, Jörg Ullrich, Managing Director of European Cargo Logistics, and Kolja Harders, Head of the Foreign Trade Department of the Hamburg Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation.

One reflection of the excellent 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. This was underlined by the joint tour of the fair involving numerous visits to the stands of such leading Russian companies as RZD (Russian Railways), the new Russian Baltic Port of Bronka, Rosmorport, and one of Russia’s largest transport firms, the United Transport Logistics Company.

Also included in the large-scale programme arranged by Port of Hamburg Marketing was participation in Logistics Alliance Germany’s event “Logistics Solutions made in Germany”, at which Under-Secretary Dr Rolf Bösinger of the Hamburg Ministry of Economics, Transport and Innovation welcomed his audience on behalf of Hamburg, making special mention of the particularly close trade relations between the Port of Hamburg and the Russian Federation. More than 120 participants displayed great interest in some informative contributions. Dr Stefan Wilkens, General Manager Container Terminal Port of Bronka, spoke about trends in maritime transport chains between Russia and Western Europe. Ingo Egloff, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing, provided an overview of the Port of Hamburg’s current advance to become an environmentally friendly logistics hub that is optimally steered thanks to the efficiency of its IT systems. With such additional contributors as Andrey Kirienkov of OOO Customs Rus, Uwe Leuschner of DB Schenker Rail, Ralf Meyer, CEO of DDC Klimat, Aleksey Laptev, First Deputy Governor of Kaluga Region and Stefan Schröder of Logistics Alliance Germany, the concluding platform forum chaired by Mirco Novac, Chairperson BVL Moscow, considered the prospects and development potential for Russian-German logistics.

The very comprehensive programme for the delegation plus co-exhibitors on the Port of Hamburg trade fair stand also included attendance at Hamburg Süd and DB Cargo events, along with the reception co-organised by the State of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Logistics Alliance Germany and Port of Hamburg Marketing.