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Gothenburg points to its intermodal rail credentials

In 2018, 59% of all lo-lo traffic shipped over the Port of Gothenburg’s container terminal were moved to or from the port by rail

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The increase can be compared with the downturn in volumes during the industrial dispute at the container terminal in 2017. Since then numbers have recovered steadily - short-distance road volumes initially, followed by longer distance rail volumes.

 

In 2018, 398,000 TEU of cargo moved through the container terminal were transported to or from the port by rail - an increase of 13% on 2017 and with a particularly strong showing during Q4 (+ 27% year-on-year).

 

A rail share of 59% is the highest in Europe.

 

“The fact that long-distance freight transport is recovering at a higher rate is a clear indication of the of the growing confidence in the container terminal throughout the country,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, Ro-Ro and Rail at Gothenburg Port Authority (GHAB).

Rail greatly enhances Gothenburg's gateway status
Rail greatly enhances Gothenburg's gateway status

The increase can be compared with the downturn in volumes during the industrial dispute at the container terminal in 2017. Since then numbers have recovered steadily - short-distance road volumes initially, followed by longer distance rail volumes.

 

Much of the longer distance freight is made up of Swedish industry products such as steel, paper and timber, which are generally transported by rail from inland locations or the east coast to the Port of Gothenburg for onward transport by sea to export markets on the continent.

 

In many cases cargo is shipped to the port in conventional wagons and transferred to containers in one of three transloading terminals in the port. For example, sawn timber is largely handled by Mimab, which saw its volumes increase by 20% in 2018.

 

“We had an excellent year and a particularly good autumn, when we were working at full capacity," said Michael Bergman, Mimab’s CEO. "The trend has continued into 2019 with consistently high volumes, and there are no signs of a slow-down.”

 

The dedicated freight track that runs directly into the port (the "Port Line") is being overhauled and converted into a double track system.


In addition to lo-lo container traffic, the port’s new Arken Combi Terminal, which caters mainly for trailers moving to/from ro-ro, handled almost 60,000 units in 2018, its first year of operation.

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