Transport and logistics are of special importance for an export oriented country such as Germany. Sea transport plays an essential role here. The German ports are an important interface in the supply chain for the import and export of all types of goods. Along with the large German and Western European container ports, the ports of Lower Saxony have a significant position in transshipment of energy sources (oil, coal) and raw materials (ores, chemical feedstocks, among other materials), general cargo and specialized freight, i.e., automobiles and project cargo. A large portion of these cargoes is transshipped in the port system of the Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co.KG.
The management of the extensive port areas and port infrastructure is an essential activity. The objective of the company is to establish future-oriented, port associated companies at these ports. Attractive industrial and commercial facilities in the immediate vicinity of the port facilities, or the water suitable for seagoing vessels, offer special site and competitive advantages. Niedersachsen Ports offers such areas and buildings in its ports for the short or medium term.
Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co.KG was founded on January 1, 2005 from the then Port and Shipping Administration of the State of Lower Saxony (Häfen- und Schifffahrtsverwaltung des Landes Niedersachsen). The company is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of the port systems. The State of Lower Saxony has transferred the 13 of the state's ports to the company. Among these are the large ports Brake, Cuxhaven, Emden, Stade-Bützfleth and Wilhelmshaven, and seven island supply ports, as well as regional ports.