WWL chooses Gothenburg as Russian transit port

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Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics has chosen the Port of Gothenburg as the transit port for cars and other vehicles destined for the Russian market. A new route has commenced between Gothenburg and the ports in St Petersburg and Kotka.

“This is extremely positive for the Port of Gothenburg and reinforces our position as the gateway to Russia and other Baltic countries,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg chief executive (pictured).

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (WWL) is a global logistics company and one of the leading shipping companies in the world for the transport of vehicles and other rolling loads. WWL will now reload cars, trucks, agricultural machinery and construction equipment in the Port of Gothenburg. These vehicles will be shipped from the USA and Asia to Gothenburg on WWL’s large vessels, which can carry up to 8,000 cars.

Transhipment, which previously took place in Germany and Belgium, will now be handled in Gothenburg. WWL has established a new route between Gothenburg and the ports in St Petersburg in Russia and Kotka in Finland. The route is plied once a week by the ice-classed vessel Vinnie, which has a capacity of 1,400 cars.

“WWL has used the services of the Port of Gothenburg since 1912 and it is heartening to see that one of our most loyal customers is continuing to invest in Gothenburg,” said Magnus Kårestedt.