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Germany: Maritime Transport In 2020: Volume Of Goods Loaded And Unloaded Down 6.4% On 2019

Germany: Maritime transport in 2020: volume of goods loaded and unloaded down 6.4% on 2019

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In 2020, the handling of goods in German seaports fell by 6.4% compared to the previous year. A total of 275.7 million tons of goods were handled. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) also reports, shipments abroad (-1.4%) fell significantly less than the volume of goods received (-9.2%) compared to the previous year.  Cargo handling in November and December 2020 above the previous year’s level The effects
of the corona pandemic severely affected maritime transport over the course of 2020. The handling of goods decreased moderately in the first quarter of 2020 and thus before the first major corona restrictions compared to the previous year (-3.6%). In the months of April to July 2020, double-digit declines were recorded, with the losses in May (-16.8%) and June (-15.8%) being the highest. From August 2020, the declines flattened out significantly and in November 2020, the handling of goods in maritime shipping turned positive for the first time compared to the previous year (+ 3.7%). For the fourth quarter of 2020, maritime transport recorded an increase in cargo handling of 2.8% compared to the same quarter of the previous year.  Container handling, which is important for maritime transport, also declined over the full year 2020 and was around 6.9% below the previous year ‘s figure at 14 million TEU ( twenty-foot equivalent unit ).  Port of Hamburg severely affected by corona-related declines The German seaports were affected differently by the Corona crisis. The cargo handling in 2020 of the most important German seaport Hamburg (109.2 million tons) fell by 6.8% more strongly than the handling of the ports Bremerhaven (46.6 million tons, -2.1%) and Wilhelmshaven (22.8 million tons) , -1.2%). The Rostock seaport recorded a slight increase (20.1 million tons, + 0.7%). Source: Statistische Bundesamt

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