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Port of Gothenburg shows growth in Q1 2018

Container volumes rose by three per cent during Q1 2018, up from 184,000 to 188,000 TEU. The number of cars shipped rose by 20%, whilst intra-European ro-ro units and energy products increased by 5 and 3% respectively

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Around 188,000 TEU were shipped during Q1 2018, representing an increase of 3% on Q1 2017, which was the weakest quarter for container traffic at the port in over 10 years. The rail share of this traffic was down by 5%, from 106,000 to 100,000 TEU.


The number of cars handled rose during the first quarter of 2018 by 20% to 80,000. This is attributed largely to sustained growth at the Volvo Cars production facilities, with a subsequent rise in exports.

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Around 188,000 TEU were shipped during the first quarter, representing an increase of 3% on the same period in 2017, which was the weakest quarter for container traffic at the port in over 10 years. The figures for last year were hit by the long-running labour dispute at the container terminal.

Volvo cars being exported over Gothenburg
Volvo cars being exported over Gothenburg

The number of cars handled rose during the first quarter of 2018 by 20% to 80,000. This is attributed largely to sustained growth at the Volvo Cars production facilities, with a subsequent rise in exports.

 

“We had hoped for a more powerful recovery during the first quarter as the demand for transport continues to be high, and there has been no industrial action since last summer," said the port’s CEO Magnus Kårestedt. "The government is expected to introduce legislation that will clarify the role of the collective agreement.”

 

Intra-European ro-ro operations are building on the record-breaking volumes of 2017. Traffic in Q1 2018 was up 5% year on year to 152,000 units.

 

“The basic explanation is that the European economy continues to be in good shape, we have a number of highly competent shipping companies specialising in ro-ro, and together they offer excellent service and high-frequency sailings to destinations throughout Europe. This makes it attractive for industry to shift more intra-European freight from land to sea,” said Mr Kårestedt.

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