New rules for accepting rail containers

As a result of ongoing ship delays relating to the coronavirus pandemic, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) has registered a strongly increased level of capacity utilisation at its container terminals in Hamburg.

While there are offshore ship delays of up to two weeks, onshore logistics chains continue as normal. This means storage at the container terminals serves as the last remaining buffer in global supply chains. HHLA makes a lot of effort to guarantee a smooth operation at its facilities, even in the current situation.

In light of this, truck delivery is currently only allowed for certain ship calls. Due to the continuing strained situation, it is now also necessary to adjust the conditions for rail delivery to the HHLA terminals. From 1 April 2022 until further notice, the HHLA container terminals in Hamburg reserve the right to reject and not unload rail containers delivered earlier than seven days (ETA = estimated time of arrival) before the arrival of the ship they are intended for.