Car exports and imports passing through the Port of Gothenburg rose by 15% during the third quarter compared with the same period last year. Container, ro-ro and energy volumes are also up.
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest vehicle export outlet in Sweden. There are also significant car imports, including brands such as Mazda, Nissan and Renault. The handling of new cars is on the increase generally, both outbound and inbound.
Between July and September, 56,000 cars passed through the port – a rise of 15% on the same period in 2015.
“Volvo is selling more cars than ever before and the shipping of vehicles to almost every market takes place from here. The last year has also seen an increase in the import of cars, which is extremely pleasing,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority Chief Executive.
Small changes in container traffic
Some 207,000 containers passed through the port between July and September, a quarter-on-quarter rise of 2%, although the January-September figure is still down 1% on 2015.
More trailers and trucks
Ro-ro traffic, which makes use of trailers and trucks, has also grown. From July to September, 132,000 ro-ro units were loaded and unloaded at the port’s freight terminals, up five per cent on the same period last year.
Magnus Kårestedt explained: “The volume trend to and from Belgium has been positive thanks to an upturn in the export and import of components for the automotive industry. Ro-ro traffic to and from Denmark and the UK is down slightly compared with 2015, whilst movements to and from Germany have remained static.”
Off-year for cruise traffic
The 2016 cruise season has been weaker than in previous years, both in passenger terms and in the number of calls. A total of 36 cruise ships carrying 60,000 passengers visited Gothenburg this year. But the downturn has proved short-lived – 43 cruise ships are already scheduled for next year.
The number of passengers on ferries to and from Germany and Denmark remains unchanged compared with the previous year.