Wednesday , 18 September 2019
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Strong Swedish export volumes to markets outside Europe have helped the Port of Gothenburg during the first six months of this year, with the number of export containers rising by 3% to reach a new volume record. In compassion, trade flows within Europe continued to be weak.

Non-European growth for Gothenburg

In total, 458,000 teu were shipped, 2,000 more than in the corresponding period last year. A major development during the spring was the decision by the G6 Alliance, comprising APL, Hyundai Merchant Marine, MOL, Hapag-Lloyd, NYK and OOCL, to start a new deep-sea service between Gothenburg and Asia. Imports registered a fall of 6%.

“The bulk of container exports from Sweden pass through the Port of Gothenburg and these strong freight flows, mainly to Asia and the USA, are extremely encouraging,\” stated Magnus Kårestedt, chief executive.

\”A weak rate of growth in the European economy has impacted negatively on volumes. This was particularly noticeable in the downturn in paper exports,\” he added.

Gothenburg has a number of Ro-Ro services to the UK, Germany, Denmark, Finland and Belgium, on which volumes were down 4% compared with the corresponding period last year. In total, 280,000 units were shipped during the period.

The negative trend in car shipments that started last summer continued, with a total of 88,000 import/export cars handled during the first half, a fall of 28%; this covers cars transported within Europe and to other parts of the world.

The Port registered an increase in the number of companies transporting goods by rail instead of by road, with a 14% increase in containers carried by rail, which now accounts for around half of all land transport of containers.