Lör 20 apr / År 42 / Nr 1 2024

Port of Gothenburg – development in rail important for further growth

The Port of Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s largest port and the only port in Sweden that can accommodate the large oceangoing vessels. With its unique location, advantageous size and excellent capacity the Port of Gothenburg is a strategic and prominent partner in ocean- and landbased logistics.

Around 70 per cent of the Nordic industry can be reached within a distance of 500 kilometres from the Port of Gothenburg. Today, around 25 per cent of Sweden’s foreign trade and one of three containers in the country are passed through the Port of Gothenburg.
The excellent infrastructure around the port allows for efficient further distribution of cargo by rail, and the port services are almost complete by offering solutions for container-, oil-, roro- and passenger traffic as well as tailored solutions for transporting cars to high-demand markets.

Sharp rise in cruise traffic
Although cargo flows were reduced during the recession, there has been a sharp rise in cruise traffic. The number of cruise calls has increased to over 40 this year, compared with five in 2002.
“We have capacity to accept considerably more cruise ships, and we are in close collaboration with Göteborg & Co working to promote our city as an attractive cruise destination”, Maguns Kårestedt, CEO Port of Gothenburg, states.
The increasing number of cruise ships entering the Port of Gothenburg guarantees a boost in income for the city’s industry and commerce.

Further growth necessary
Magnus Kårestedt stresses that further growth is necessary, and fully possible; “We have capacity to handle larger volumes than of today. If we can gather larger volumes from Sweden, Norway, the Baltic and Russia here in Gothenburg, we can also develop our existing lines with considerably more calls. This is of utmost importance to the Nordic industry, through us they have a potential to reach a global market”.

From Gothenburg to the world
The Port of Gothenburg is often described as the port with no limits, as large areas in the close vicinity can be exploited to suit a rise in demand. “As a matter of fact, we can most likely triple our container handling services without having to extend existing port capacity”, Magnus Kårestedt reveals.
The Scandinavian industry values a complete partner, a one-stop-shop for handling their logistics. The Port of Gothenburg is a given choice, and in most cases the only choice for direct lines to expansive markets on other continents.
Magnus Kårestedt explains: “By extending our rail capacity we generated a rise in all our areas of interest. We collect cargo from Sweden and Norway by rail and distribute it further through our close connections to the rest of Europe, and through oceangoing vessels to the rest of the world”.