Volumes increase at the Port of Gothenburg as transport demand remains high

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Freight volumes continue to increase at the Port of Gothenburg, according to latest figures covering the period up to the end of September. On the container side, volumes rose by 16 per cent during the third quarter, despite continued disruption in global freight flows in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

This tells us that the demand for transport within the logistics system remains high, and while the pandemic may be levelling out, there is still a serious backlog at many major ports globally. Despite this, the Port of Gothenburg volume figures viewed in isolation show few signs of global disruption.

Elvir Dzanic, Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive said, “We have continued to report excellent figures, underpinned by the enormous effort being made by many of those working in and around the port who are constantly striving to keep flows moving despite global disruption. It is vital that that we keep adapting to this ongoing disruption to alleviate repercussions here at home.”

The container terminal, which is run by APM Terminals, handle the majority of the port’s container flows. A high level of productivity has been maintained and additional resources have been put in to receive extra calls as well as vessels that have been delayed.

A contributing factor at the Port is the balance between containers imported and exported is 50-50, which means that as one container with import goods is emptied, it can be quickly loaded with export goods and vice versa.

“As a result, the global container shortage is not having the same impact in Gothenburg as at many other ports. A further key factor is that we have expanded our market share during the year at the expense of Swedish ports that are predominantly import- or export-oriented,” said Elvir Dzanic.