Port and shipping
Lübeck ruled the Hansa for 500 years and has asserted its claim to be the gate to the Baltic Sea. This is where the ships set off for Sweden, Denmark, Finland, the Baltic States and Russia. Accumulating roughly 30 million tons of goods transhipment (in 2006), Lübeck is Germany's largest port of the Baltic Sea and, trailing Antwerp, Europe's second largest transhipment port for paper and cellulose. More than 150 companies in the transport and logistic sector, generating over 30 million tons of goods in the Lübeck port, provide important impetus for the economic location.