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Hamburg (DEHAM), Hamburg, Germany


Hamburg (DEHAM), Hamburg, Germany
Mattentwiete 2, Hamburg D – 20457, Germany
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+49-40/37 709-109
145.7 million (2014)
9.73 million TEUs (2014)

Requirements to ship to the ports

The import of unauthorised fireworks into Germany is prohibited under the provisions of the Explosives Act, and is therefore punishable.

TextilesThe import into Germany of certain textiles bought in a non-EU state may depend on your being able to show an import authorisation which you should have requested from the competent authorities before you began your journey.

Animals and plants, products containing animal or vegetable substancesIn order to protect the flora and fauna when importing animals and plants, in addition to species protection requirements, animal welfare and phytosanitary aspects must also be observed.

Weapons and ammunitionThe movement or import of weapons and ammunition from a non-EU state into Germany is subject the certain obligations to obtain authorisation.

Exporters are required to fill out a DEB (declaration of exchange of goods) or an Intrastate Declaration for all goods from within the European Community that enter Germany at the end of the month.

Operators are required to fill out an Entry Summary Declaration (ENS) to the customs of the country of entry, prior to the introduction of goods into the customs territory of the European Union.

In addition to the written customs declaration, an invoice and sometimes a certificate of origin must be joined to imported products.

About the port

Port of Hamburg is located on river Elbe about 135 km inland from the North Sea, right in the heart of the city. It is one of the largest container ports in the world with an annual throughput of nearly 10 million TEU in the year 2002.


Within the port, roughly 145 million tonnes of cargo is moved annually making it German’s largest seaport. The Port of Hamburg is the second busiest port with approximately 40,000 trucks shipping cargo from the furthest corners of the earth.


Founded on 7 May 1189 by Frederick I for its strategic location, Hamburg developed early into a leading port with its rich and proud seaborne trade. On 5th October 1888 the free port was established and since then the warehouse city was built which enabled the traders to store and ship goods without going through customs. Until today it is the largest continuous warehouse complex in the world.


The Kiel Canal and Baltic Sea have long kept the port alive by being the most viable economic areas with their advantageous location. The port is also recognised as a major cruise destination capable of processing the world’s largest cruise ships. Demonstrating great ability to operate the international logistics, the port of Hamburg continues to grow.