Corporate strategy

HHLA is one of Europe’s leading port and logistics companies with activities stretching beyond the Port of Hamburg into many parts of Europe. Together with its customers, HHLA develops logistical and digital hubs for the transport flows of the future. As a result, HHLA is paving the way for sustainable growth in its enterprise value.

The HHLA Executive Board is continuing the business development process launched in 2017. Its aim is to strengthen the company’s future viability and creative power over the long term. The necessary changes are linked across all segments and underpinned by numerous measures. The defined objectives are pursued consistently.

HHLA’s market environment is changing at an ever-greater pace. HHLA aims to harness this change quickly and successfully and in a determined and focused manner.

To this end, HHLA is increasing its

  • focus on identifying and interpreting relevant trends in order to derive value-adding initiatives.
  • flexibility with the aim and benefit of acting and evolving quickly.
  • efficiency and networking in order to remain ahead of the competition and generate .
  • search for, and integration of, new ideas.

creative power to focus on the development of additional values. This involves strengthening customer loyalty and its customer base.

HHLA is guided by key milestones as it builds its future viability. We come from Hamburg and are at home in Europe. As a gateway to the future, we offer our customers the best way to transport their goods safely, quickly and efficiently. We are currently sowing the seeds for additional, sustainable and profitable growth in our value creation to safeguard our future enterprise value. Four initiatives have been identified to achieve these objectives:

Corporate strategy (graphic)

In addition to the continued development of our core business and the development of new growth fields, sustainability and climate protection are an integral component of HHLA’s business model. The aim is to make the entire Group climate neutral by 2040. As an interim target, HHLA will halve its absolute CO2 emissions by 2030, compared to the 2018 figure. HHLA is thus underlining its commitment to being both economically successful as well as socially and ecologically responsible.

In the listed Port Logistics subgroup, activities to cement and expand the current market positioning are governed by the following guidelines:

In the Container segment, HHLA aims to be an efficient, highly automated and high-performance port service provider with a strong network and cutting-edge, digital customer solutions. In order to achieve this, the design and operation of HHLA’s container are systematically geared to maximum efficiency of space and manpower, while innovative technologies and processes are used to achieve continuous improvements in quality standards. Another area of focus is the mission to develop HHLA into a green port within a sustainable and emission-free transport chain. HHLA’s container terminals are supposed to collaborate across all terminals wherever possible in order to benefit from each other and continuously boost the efficiency of handling services.

In the Intermodal segment, HHLA strives to be a quality and efficiency leader and aims to leverage this leading position in order to profit from the transport flows of the future. METRANS will play an important role along the hubs and connecting lines of the logistics network, both in Europe and beyond. Thanks to efficient networking between the segment and the other activities of the HHLA Group, HHLA is able to offer its customers a perfectly coordinated range of services. Besides enhancing the scope and range of its services, HHLA also focuses on increasing its vertical integration.

The HHLA service network

HHLA connects its customers with maritime and continental transport streams

The HHLA service network (graphic)

With its Logistics segment, HHLA aims to strengthen Hamburg’s all-purpose port and drive forward its future-oriented diversification. The business prospects of the Frucht- und Kühl-Zentrum, Ulrich Stein and UNIKAI are being further enhanced. HPC Hamburg Port Consulting is positioning itself as a leading international specialist and strategic consultancy for the maritime industry. The segment’s potential is being harnessed to develop further services in the logistical and digital value chains.

In addition to purely organic growth, HHLA examines opportunities for acquisitions in order to tap new growth areas along the logistical value chain. Potential acquisitions and equity focus on port projects and shareholdings in attractive growth markets. HHLA’s interest is based on the economies of scope offered by the existing network and the opportunities it presents to tap additional growth potential along the transport flows of the future. In this way, the company aims to identify and occupy new digital business models.

In its non-listed Real Estate subgroup, HHLA pursues the objective of developing into an integrated, market-viable developer of specialist properties. The corporate unit HHLA Real Estate aims to be Hamburg’s flagship provider of intelligent district management on the basis of a clear strategic alignment and reliable prioritisation. As such, HHLA Real Estate is a much sought-after specialist in its clearly defined areas of expertise.

Value added

Production value – intermediate inputs (cost of materials, depreciation and amortisation, and other operating expenses); the value added generated is shared between the HHLA Group’s stakeholders, such as employees, shareholders, lenders and the local community.


A port’s catchment area.


In maritime logistics, a terminal is a facility where freight transported by various modes of transport is handled.

Intermodal/Intermodal systems

Transportation via several modes of transport (water, rail, road) combining the specific advantages of the respective carriers.


Payments for investments in property, plant and equipment, investment property and intangible assets.