Branded case

Growth promotion in Blue Denmark

Danish Ports Association works to promote all initiatives that create growth on a sustainable basis in Blue Denmark. In particular, the Danish Ports Association would like to promote initiatives that increase the volume of goods over quay, as well as initiatives that can make the ports more competitive. It is important for Danish Ports that we work purposefully to ensure the best possible framework conditions for the port and its customers so that they can operate efficiently.

Among Danske Havne's efforts to promote the growth of Blue Denmark, we can mention:

  • Initiatives launched for partnerships, e.g. for the digitalization of Blue Denmark
  • Collaboration in working groups for business promotion in Blue Denmark to achieve a blue national position of strength
  • Work on better conditions for short sea shipping
  • Promote the "Single Window" initiative and contribute to the negotiations in the EU port industry organization, ESPO.

Ports as growth centers

Ports are an essential part of Blue Denmark and are growth centers for Danish businesses.

Denmark is one of the world's largest shipping nations. Blue Denmark has been designated as one of 12 Danish so-called positions of strength by the Danish Business Promotion Agency. This means increased political focus on the entire maritime industry, and it provides more development opportunities, which is completely justified. In this context, it is important to remember that ports are an essential part of Blue Denmark.  

Ports help create many jobs in Denmark.

The ports employ almost 100,000 people. In 2018, a total of 60,271 people were directly employed in Blue Denmark. If you also include indirect employment (subcontracting to Blue Denmark) of 35,893 people, this gives a total of 96,164 people employed in Blue Denmark. An investment in the ports is therefore also an investment in Danish jobs. 

Ports contribute to economic growth in Denmark.

Production in Blue Denmark had a total value of just over DKK 350 billion in 2018. This corresponds to 8.9 percent of Denmark's total production. Exports in the Blue Denmark amounted to DKK 258 billion in 2018. This corresponds to 25.7 percent of total Danish exports of goods and services.

Ports are indispensable for the import and export of and export of goods to and from Denmark.

The ports kept Denmark going during the Covid-19 crisis and will also contribute to getting Denmark out of the crisis. Looking at the share of total imports in Denmark, imports via sea - and thus via Danish ports - account for 76.7 percent.  

Danish ports are efficient.

Despite the fact that Danish ports are small in a European and international context, they were Danish Ports ranked 6th on the World Economic Forum's list of the most efficient ports in the world in both 2018 and 2019.