The Brothers Comatose

Tarifvertrag hamburger spediteure

„Der VHSp ist organisatorisch in die überregionalen Speditionsverbände eingebunden. Über den Deutschen Speditions- und Logistikverband (DSLV) in Berlin und das Europäische Verbindungskomitee des Speditions- und Lagereigewerbes (C.L.E.C.A.T.) können die Hamburger Spediteure Einfluss auf Entscheidungen in Bonn und Brüssel nehmen. Außerdem arbeiten Hamburger Speditionsvertreter in Gremien des Weltspediteurverbandes FIATA und der Internationalen Handelskammer (ICC) in Paris mit. Im Komitee Deutscher Seehafenspediteure werden speziell die gemeinsamen Interessen der deutschen Seehafenspedition wahrgenommen.“ As early as 1884, a number of Hamburg transport operators recognised that the best way to achieve the industry’s goals was to a group. And so the Hamburg Forwarding Agents Association (“Verein Hamburger Spediteure”, or “VHSp”) was born. This career and employer association represents the interests of its 350 members at regional, national, and even international levels. The association’s internal committees discuss the industry’s priorities. Working together with the responsible union, the association negotiates wages, salaries and collective agreements for the employees of forwarding agents. Companies also benefit from comprehensive advice relating to labour and social security law. Employees can undertake in-service training at the associated “Hamburg Transport Industry Academy” (“Akademie Hamburger Verkehrswirtschaft”). Weekly circulars, an electronic newsletter, and the continually updated website provide information on the latest developments in the freight forwarding business.

Membership in VHSp is voluntary. The benefits are many. . . . . Hamburg, in the far north, has developed to become one of the most dynamic logistics locations. Europe’s second-largest container port is here, with double digit growth in transshipment volumes.

Road traffic, too, is growing at an above average rate here. A superb rail network makes Hamburg northern Europe’s central rail hub. And then there’s Hamburg Airport, serving the consistently growing demand for air cargo.