Vehicle handling at the Port of Gothenburg is dealt with by the terminal operators Logent Ports and Terminals, Stena Line and Gothenburg Roro Terminal. The combined volumes at these companies make the Port of Gothenburg the largest vehicle handling port in Sweden.
The Volvo companies are the largest customers, both for exports and imports. At the end of March the Volvo companies shut down production in Gothenburg and Ghent although this did not have any major impact on the number of vehicles shipped during the first quarter, and the total fall in volumes was no more than one per cent.
“The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic will be reflected in the Q2 figures although we are already in a recovery process,” said Reine Johansson, chief executive of Logent Ports and Terminals in the Port of Gothenburg.
“We have noted a rise in vehicle exports since the end of April. At Logent Ports and Terminals we mainly serve the overseas markets, such as the USA, Australia, Japan, and China, where Volvo continues to report good sales figures.
Even within what is termed the High & Heavy segment, which includes dumpers, excavators, trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles, production has restarted, and companies are reporting a steady increase in exports.
There are also significant imports of a number of passenger cars of different brands into Gothenburg, including Volvo, Nissan, and Renault, but the level of recovery is still not on a par with exports.
“But when import volumes do recover, we will have the capacity to handle more calls by vessels and higher vehicle volumes. We have large storage areas and we can offer customers rapid distribution and onward transport by rail and road,” said Reine Johansson.
As with the Port of Gothenburg as a whole, Logent Ports and Terminals has managed to keep open and operating despite the pandemic. Absenteeism due to illness continues to be low, and all maritime and terminal handling services are operating as normal.