In the first six months of 2017, the port of Kiel's facilities handled 3.7 million tons of cargo. This topped the total cargo handled in the same period in 2016 by 20 percent, and was the port's best half-year results to date. As well, container traffic saw an increase of 19.3 percent.
This very good result is all the more significant because Kiel was also able to post increases in its other handling sectors – ferry traffic and bulk goods.- Managing Director of the Port of Kiel
Surprisingly, trade with Russia – which has been severely disrupted in the past few years by trade restrictions – is showing signs of revival. Intermodal rail/ship handling continued to expand in the first six months of 2017, with the inauguration of a weekly direct train shuttle between Kiel and Trieste and the introduction of an additional departure to Verona.