Transporting empty containers at shipping terminals is a costly business, but Hamburg has a plan to make the logistics more efficient.
At least seven people died, five of them in their vehicles, and the public was warned to stay indoors as gale force winds and rain swept across northern Germany. Public transport was also severely disrupted.
The first freight train linking China directly to the UK has arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu. It is part of China's drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a modern-day 'Silk Road.'
Gates to the world: The #DailyDrone flies over some ports in Germany.
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