Container traffic rose by 2% during the third quarter compared with the corresponding period last year, the Port of Gothenburg has announced. In total 208,000 teu moved through the port during the quarter.
However, the January-September figures tell a different story, with traffic down 5% compared to 2013.
Gothenburg handles almost 60% of all the containers shipped to and from Sweden. Exports include paper, steel, timber products and food; while imports are largely in the form of consumer goods such as clothes and food, as well as industrial components and electronics.
Ro-ro traffic, which accounts for a large proportion of sea freight in northern Europe, rose by 3% during the third quarter. “Our ro-ro volumes have shown stable growth throughout the year despite reports of a slowdown in Europe,” said Magnus Kårestedt, the port’s chief executive.
Car exports fell 6% year-on-year, with 34,000 new passenger cars moved through the port. This time, however, the year-to-date figures show a positive trend, up 9%.
The most significant downturn was reported by the Energy Port. Crude oil imports and the shipping of refined products, such as diesel and petrol, fell by 14%. The port attributes the slump to low margins for refined products and global uncertainty regarding the price of oil.