The Hamburg metropolitan region - conveniently situated between the North Sea and the Baltic Sea - not only has a centuries-old tradition of overseas trade with the Port of Hamburg, but has also developed into the central goods hub for Northern Europe thanks to a system of inland and sea ports.
Hamburg has always been the gateway of Africa, America, Asia and Australia to the attractive markets of Central and Eastern Europe. Continuing globalisation has enabled the Hanseatic City to further enhance its status as the leading logistics location in Northern Europe. The Hamburg metropolitan region is therefore rightly regarded as the German centre for foreign trade. Many thousands of international companies are represented in the greater Hamburg area, and with 90 consulates, the Hanseatic City is the second largest consular centre in the world after New York. In addition, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is also the seat of the United Nations International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.