Gothenburg - The Swedish town of Gothenburg has seen its rail-borne container volume to and from its port rise by 13% in 2018. Volume growth intensified during the year and was strongest during the final quarter with an increase of 27 per cent.
The Port of Gothenburg is one of few ports in the world where over half of container volumes are transported to or from the port by rail (59 per cent in 2018). Much of the long-distance freight is made up of Swedish basic industry products such as steel, paper and timber, which are generally transported by rail from inland locations or the east coast to the Port of Gothenburg for onward transport by sea to export markets on the continent.
The increase during 2018 can be compared with the downturn in volumes during the industrial dispute at the Container Terminal in 2017. Since then they have recovered steadily – short-distance road volumes initially, followed by long-distance rail volumes.
“Short-distance freight recovered very quickly whilst long-distance rail volumes took slightly longer. The fact that rail volumes are now returning at an increasing rate is a clear indication of the growing confidence in the Container Terminal throughout the country,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, Ro-Ro and Rail at Gothenburg Port Authority.