June 15, 2016: The Port of Hamburg was voted ‘Best Seaport – Europe’ by readers of the Asia Cargo News trade journal at the 30th presentation of the Asian Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards (AFLAS) in Shanghai on 14 June 2016. Hamburg prevailed in the final round of voting against the ports of Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Gdynia, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Felixstowe and Rotterdam. The criteria for nomination, also by readers, were constant service quality, innovation, customer management and reliability. Among factors evaluated were adequate infrastructure for handling container services, a competitive and fair fee structure, and investments in infrastructure expansion to make the port capable of meeting future market needs. Others included support for provision of port-related services such as the availability of sufficient logistics warehousing capacities, as well as forwarding and transport services. With more than 15,000 readers, Asia Cargo News is one of the leading publications for the Asian logistics, sea and air freight sector.
“We are delighted by this renewed accolade. This result underlines once again that with its immense variety of services and sheer quality of handling, the Port of Hamburg enjoys an impressively high rating among companies in the Asian import and export industry, and is successfully positioning itself against tough competition. High-performance seaport-hinterland services, the envy of other ports, plus innovative traffic control schemes of the kind implemented with immense commitment by the Hamburg Port Authority as part of its smart PORT logistics scheme, attest to the farsightedness of the Port of Hamburg in adapting to future challenges,” said a delighted Axel Mattern, CEO of Port of Hamburg Marketing (HHM).