New forest terminal at the Port of Gothenburg

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GothenburgMore sawmills throughout the Nordic region can now ship their timber via the Port of Gothenburg thanks to a new transloading terminal for timber products. The terminal will be run by the family-owned company Sören Thyr.

Paper, pulp and timber products account for a large proportion of exports that pass through the Port of Gothenburg but up to now, the port has lacked a dedicated terminal for transloading sawn timber products.

“We welcome Sören Thyr to Gothenburg. The company is well known in the industry. Thanks to this investment, more sawmills and paper mills throughout the world can make use of the port’s worldwide service network,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive.

The new forest terminal is adjacent to the port’s ro-ro and container terminals. Linked to the rail system, it can handle more than one million cubic metres of timber each year.

The terminal makes it possible for sawmills to send their timber by rail or road – on arrival in Gothenburg, the timber is loaded into the correct unit – a container or trailer for example – for onward shipment worldwide.

“We are extremely pleased that we have managed to establish operations at the largest port in the Nordic region. We know that many sawmills are interested in exporting via Gothenburg and thanks to the new terminal more mills now have the opportunity to do so,” said Jörgen Thyr, CEO and son of the founder Sören Thyr.

The forest terminal is part of an ongoing investment to increase forest product volumes in Gothenburg. Other aspects include new rail solutions, plans for more weather-protected transloading terminals and a new collaborative venture between the Port of Gothenburg and a number of shipping companies to market the range of shipping and peripheral services to the forest industry.