Several interrelated factors explain the increase in rail-borne goods in the Port of Gothenburg. The reliability of the port's rail system has increased with the expansion and refurbishment of the Port Line* leading into the port. Inside the terminals, efficiency has increased, partly due to APM Terminal's extensive investments in the container terminal's rail handling.
”I am happy to state that this positive trend is continuing and that the volume development within the Railport system is further on the increase. With large completed and planned rail connected investments, we have also secured capacity for further long-term growth,” said Claes Sundmark, Vice President, Container, Ro-Ro and Rail at Gothenburg Port Authority.
In total, 149,000 TEU** of rail-borne container goods was transported to or from the port as a whole between January and April, compared to 126,000 TEU during the same period last year.
High pressure at transloading terminals
Much of the long-distance freight is made up of Swedish basic industry products such as steel, paper, pulp 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 freight often needs to be switched to containers at one of the three transloading terminals at the Port of Gothenburg. One of the transloading terminal operators are Mimab, who has had a successful run.