Hamburg Süd Colombia Ltda. was officially established on January 1, 2009; prior to this date and since 1970 Hamburg Süd was represented in Colombia by an independent ship agency, Eduardo L. Gerlein. Jointly with its port agent, Eduardo L. Gerlein, has office representations in Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, Cali, Barranquilla, Buenaventura and Santa Marta.
- Hamburg Süd Colombia is the largest shipping line in Colombia with over 20% market share in exports. Hamburg Süd has 13 services calling Colombia with over 1.100 port calls per year.
- The port of Cartagena is Colombia’s second largest port (after Buenaventura) and the largest in exports. Cartagena is Hamburg Suds’ main transshipment port in the Caribbean and the largest transshipment port within the Hamburg Süd world. Cartagena has over 900 port calls per year with 11 services calling this port and over 450.000 teus in total throughput (including transshipment). Cartagena main imports final destination are to the cities of Bogota and Medellin, which are connected to Cartagena by road transportation only. The Petrochemical Industry is the main commodity that is exported from Cartagena, led by the companies Mexichem and Polipropileno del Caribe.
- Buenaventura is Colombia’s largest import cargo, mainly from Asia. Buenaventura has two services calling with over 100 port calls per year. The majority of import destinations of Buenaventura are the cities of Cali, Bogota and Medellin; which are connected to Buenaventura by road transportation only. On the export side, the main commodities from Buenaventura are the sugar and coffee, as the production fields are closer to Buenaventura than to any other port in Colombia.
- Barranquilla and Santa Marta are two smaller ports situated on the Atlantic coast, near Cartagena. Hamburg Süd has direct weekly feeder calls to both ports that connect with Cartagena, Hamburg Süd’s hub in the Caribbean. The port of Barranquilla is on the Magdalena River, and is largely an industrial city with its imports and exports catering mainly to its industry. Santa Marta, on the other hand is largely agricultural, with its primary export being fresh bananas.