Freight volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by almost three million tonnes in 2016 – up from 38.2 million tonnes in 2015 to 40.9 million tonnes last year. Car exports-imports and energy products enjoyed a particularly successful year with rises of 15% and 12% respectively. Container volumes were down 3%. The freight figures for 2016 have just been released.
Last year, the volume of freight handled at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 7% to 40.9 million tonnes, compared to 38.2 million tonnes in 2015.
“The upturn can be attributed largely to the rise in the number of cars shipped via the port but also to higher volumes at the Energy Port and a good rate of activity at our ro-ro terminals,” said Magnus Kårestedt, Gothenburg Port Authority chief executive.
A good year for cars
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest automotive export point in Sweden. There are also substantial imports, including Mazda, Nissan and Renault. In 2016, 246,000 cars passed through the port – up 15% on the year before and the highest figure recorded since the financial crisis of 2008. A significant factor in the surge in car movements is Volvo’s continued sales success abroad.
Container flows down
Some 90% of Swedish foreign trade takes place by sea. In the case of trade with countries outside Europe, container vessels are the most common mode of transport. Some 798,000 containers were handled at the Port of Gothenburg in 2016, a year-on-year fall of 3%.
Magnus Kårestedt explained: “The container terminal has had a challenging year with the labour dispute with the Dockworkers’ Union, which has escalated and resulted in major disruptions. This is highly unfortunate and it has affected the whole of Swedish industry. We are, however, working on the assumption that the parties will find solutions that will prove sustainable in the long term.”
Trailerised freight increases
Ro-ro freight increased during the year. A total of 538,000 ro-ro units were shipped, up 2% on 2015.