Port and logistics.
Northern Europe’s key transport hub.
Hamburg and the Lower Elbe region form the main transport hub in Northern Europe. The companies in the metropolitan region offer logistic services of all kinds. Multinational companies control their global logistics networks from here.
The ports and logistics locations of the Lower Elbe region are Hamburg, Brunsbüttel, Cuxhaven, Glückstadt and Stade. Their size and service offerings are varied. Together, they form the five ports in Germany’s largest port and logistics region.
The well-developed freeway system connects the port of Hamburg and the region’s business locations with Europe’s metropolitan areas. Hamburg is Europe’s largest hub for rail freight transport; the city of Maschen is the largest European shunting yard. The Hamburg airport, as the major component of its infrastructure, forms part of the backbone of the logistics industry backbone with its highly efficient cargo logistics. Hamburg is further connected to the German inland waterway network through the Elbe and the Elbe side canal. The Kiel Canal, the most frequented man-made waterway in the world, links it to the Baltic Sea.