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Since the first rail shuttle began operating in 2000, the proportion of goods transported by rail to and from the Port of Gothenburg has increased significantly.

Maersk opts for rail

Maersk Line is one of the customers that has opted to transport a large proportion of its goods by rail and this year it will carry around 75% of its total volumes by rail via one of the 24 rail shuttles, a significant difference from the road/rail split of just a few years ago.

“Road has for a long time been the conventional mode of transporting goods and as recently as 2005 the split was approximately 50/50. Today the figure is around 75%,” said Patrick Berggren, Maersk Cluster Operator Manager Nordics.

Berggren believes that the proportion of rail transport in Sweden could increase further although he points out that Maersk will in the first instance work to retain the current level. Currently the proportion of goods moved by rail is increasing throughout the rest of Europe in line with expansion of the rail network.

“In our case the choice of transport is governed by customer delivery requirements. Although rail is not as flexible as road, it does have less impact on the environment and it is more cost effective. And that is extremely positive,” said Berggren.