Logistics Initiative Hamburg

Powerful network around the leading logistics hub in Northern Europe

Container vessel in front of the Elbphilharmonie. © www.mediaserver.hamburg.de / Andreas Vallbracht

The Logistics Initiative Hamburg was established by representatives of the business community and the Hamburg State Ministry of Economic and Labour Affairs. With more than 550 active members from the logistics industry and related sectors, this powerful network is the largest of its kind in Germany. As a public-private partnership, the Logistics Initiative aims to expand Hamburg’s role as the leading logistics hub in northern Europe and provide support for all logistics-related industries, trades and services.

The Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) plays a major role for Hamburg as one of the major transport hubs in Europe. Cities functioning as urban nodes are essential and important partners in the development of the TEN-T Network, as economic growth always occurs at the intersections of global goods flows. The industry, which needs raw materials or primary products from all over the world and which sells its goods throughout the world, prefers to settle there.

This also brings along major challenges that need to be addressed, says Werner Gliem, Spokesman of the Management Board of Logistics Initiative Hamburg:

Werner Gliem. © Logistik-Initiative Hamburg / Peter Vogel

„Improving the multimodality of the TEN-T rail, inland waterways and maritime transport infrastructure, as well as improving innovative transport technologies, helps to create welcome added benefits: less road congestions, less greenhouse and pollutant emissions, and above all: better traffic safety. Also, more competition in the economy, unimpeded by bureaucracy, ultimately leads to more employment everywhere.”

Within Scandria®2Act, the Logistics Initiative Hamburg aims to improve and promote the linking of different transport corridors and modes through Hamburg and within the project specifically focusses on rail freight services along the northern Scandria corridor linking Hamburg and Scandinavia.

In order to achieve this, a feasibility study is being elaborated, showing the potential for modal shift along the Scandria corridor as well as obstacles and constraints. The gained knowledge as well as the close collaboration with project partners from all over the Baltic Sea Region will help to understand the situation in detail and will also be used in the day to day work on local level – e.g. in the Logistics Initiative’s regular working groups such as “Working Group Rail” and “Working Group Traffic".


Contact / Further information:

Thomas Brauner

Phone: +49 40 22 70 19 – 802 
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