\”We handle a great deal of Swedish foreign trade and although we noted a slowdown last year it was far from the dramatic events of 2009,\” said Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg’s CEO.
Three distinct trade patterns emerged at the Port during 2012: a rise in trade with other continents coupled with a fall in European trade; an increase in exports and a decrease in imports and growth in freight volumes from the Swedish east coast.
As Kårestedt explained, \”A fall in demand in Europe forced industry to find new markets farther afield. In 2012, we saw a substantial increase in volumes on our deep sea services to other continents while many of the short sea services in Europe have lost volumes.\”
Gothenburg’s container exports comprising largely of paper, wood, steel, vehicles and industrial components rose during the year by 3%, while imports fell by 5%. Two new deep sea services to Asia, in combination with three new rail shuttles, led more companies on the east coast choosing to run their freight through the Port of Gothenburg.
According to Kårestedt, the ability to transport freight throughout the country in just five to eight hours by rail shuttle straight to the quayside is an attractive proposition and as a result, the number of containers transported by rail to and from the Port rose by 10% during 2012 – a new record.
In fact, a total of 900,000 teu were handled at Gothenburg during the year, 1% up on 2011 and an all-time high. Ro-ro traffic (trailers and other rolling goods) fell by 4% closing the year at 534,000 units.