In few other regions of Germany is the automobile industry as deeply rooted as it is in the Northwest. In addition to Daimler and VW’s large manufacturing plants and numerous automobile suppliers, the seaports in Bremen and northwest Lower Saxony are of particular importance. The harbor areas host a major part of the automobile handling of German manufactured cars. In 2014 approximately 1.31 million vehicles were handled in the Emden harbor and approximately 2.27 million vehicles in the Bremerhaven harbor, meaning that two-thirds of the 5.6 million vehicles manufactured in Germany were exported through Northwest Germany to other parts of the world. Furthermore, the products and services necessary for vehicle packing and retrofitting create additional added value for the region.