With a unique connection to the world, Germany’s foreign trade provides a key foundation to the country’s economy in terms of growth, employment and competitiveness. Their main export products include vehicles, chemical products and machinery with trading partners mainly being the USA, China, Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom in addition to other countries.
While the country is highly dependent on its exports, it holds great importance to their imports, in order to provide beneficial impacts to companies in Germany. About two-thirds of imported goods and services in Germany are from other countries in the European Union. This makes the country the biggest importer in Europe with top imports being crude petroleum, packed medicaments, vehicle parts, human or animal blood and cars.
However, Germany being a member of the EU, it doesn’t have its own independent trade policy, and so, its trade agreements are in compliance with the EU which holds trade agreements with countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Singapore, including other countries. This provides an opportunity in developing sea and air freights for trade explorations with Germany.

Sea Freight In Germany

Germany oversees an extensive sea freight forwarding in most ports of the country, of which the biggest ones are described below:

This is the largest port in Germany and is situated on River Elbe, 110km from the North Sea, in Hamburg, Germany. The port was established on 7th May 1189 by Kaiser Friedrich Barbarossa as an area for conducting customs-free water bound businesses.
It occupies 7,250 hectares of land with a berthing capacity of 320, hence making it suitable for all sorts of cargo vessels. As of 2016, it ranked 1st in Germany, 2nd position in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of container capacity.
The port deals containerized general and bulk cargo with four of its high-performance terminals handling about 12 million TEU in regards to container capacity (20-foot standard containers). The port contains a rail connection integrated at each terminal.

The port consists of two ports managed by Bremenports – Bremen, and Bremerhaven, which make up the 4th largest container ports in Europe with Bremerhaven lying on the banks of River Geest. The Port of Bremen is located in Bremen, 70km from the North Sea; this port is a major industrial center in Germany. It began in 1032 as a trade center between Germany and Norway, Netherlands and England and opened as a port in 1887.
The port contains 4 terminals with 14 berths within a 90 hectares operating area. Bremenports handle containers, automobiles, bulk goods, hazardous goods as well as project cargo with 80% of this cargo being handled by Bremerhaven.
Container capacity handling amounts to about 5.5 million TEUs and containerized cargo amounting to 55 million tons. The ports have integrated rail and road connections at terminals.

Air Freight In Germany

Below describes an overview of air freight forwarding in major airports of Germany.

This airport is located in Hahn Municipality, Rhineland-Palatinate in Frankfurt, Germany and occupies more than 5,000 acres. It was founded in 1924 and began serving as a commercial airport in Germanyin 1936.
The international airport is the busiest airport in all of Europe in terms of cargo traffic.It handles more than 2 million tons of cargo annually such as perishable goods, dangerous goods and more. It contains a strong road and rail connection to Frankfurt.

This is the second busiest airport by cargo volume in Germany and is located in Schkeuditz. It began operations in 1927. The airport handles more than 900,000 tons of cargo a year. It has conveniently situated rail and road connections.

Situated in North Rhine-Westphalia, the airport is the 3rd largest by cargo traffic in Germany. The airport opened its operations in 1951. It handles a cargo throughput of more than 700,000 tons annually. The airport has a state-of-the-art infrastructure that is complemented by comprehensive rail and road connections.

Located near Munich, Bavaria’s capital, it covers over 1500 hectares of land. Munich Airport began operations in 1992.
It handles up to about 380,000 tons of air freight cargo through its sizeable cargo and maintenance infrastructure and has plans on expansion and growth of air freight. The airport has well accessible rail and road connections.

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