CONTAINER throughput at the port of Gothenburg rose last year by three per cent to 772,000 units on the back of the
emerging trend to channel box traffic from the whole of Sweden by rail
to the port of Gothenburg. In total, a record 456,000 TEU was
transported through the port by rail, up 14 per cent.
Much of the long-range export goods
consists of basic industrial goods such as steel and forest products
from all over Sweden. They are usually transported by rail to the port
of Gothenburg for transport on containerships to export markets on the
European continent, reported St Petersburg PortNews.
"Growth in rail volumes is reassuring on several levels. The fact that
we are the port of Sweden - from north to south - is very obvious. It is
also confirmation that our investment in the port's transshipment
potential and rail infrastructure is the right path to follow," said
Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive Elvir Dzanic.
"In 2019, the port authority adopted a new environmental goal where the
company was set the target of reducing the port's CO2 emissions
throughout the whole of the Gothenburg region by 70 per cent through to
2030. To achieve this goal, the ongoing transition from road to rail is
vital," said Mr Dzanic.
In the first three quarters of 2019, the port of Gothenburg boosted its share of the Swedish container market by one per cent.
Uncertainty in the European economy was reflected in the port's
intra-European ro-ro volumes, down six per cent on 2018. Prior to that
volumes were historically high, reflecting the strong European economy
at the time.
Handling of new cars at the port of Gothenburg declined by five per cent
to 276,000 units, mainly due to a drop in imports. Volumes rose during
the second half of the year, driven largely by an increase in exports by