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Local storage aims to relieve the load on the Port of Gothenburg and cut emissions

At the Port of Gothenburg, collaboration is now being intensified with the port’s rail connected inland terminals, according to the company’s release. By offering local intermediate storage of import containers at inland terminals all over Sweden, the intention is to make additional optimisation possible in customers’ logistical solutions.

The ”Port of Gothenburg RAILPORT container storage initiative” was presented to customers earlier in September by The Gothenburg Port Authority and APM Terminals Gothenburg – together with many of the port’s inland terminals. The purpose is increasingly to move the intermediate storage of import containers from the port to inland terminals closer to the final destination of the goods all over Sweden.

If an import container from China has Eskilstuna as its final destination, for example, it’s an advantage if intermediate storage also takes place at the inland terminal in Eskilstuna. The owner of the products then has better accessibility to the goods when the time comes to collect them.

The conditions for this are in place, thanks to the port’s network of inland terminals all over the country that are connected to the rail network.

The port’s expanding rail network, Railport Scandinavia, now has more than 30 inland terminals at locations all over Sweden, and in 2021 more container goods were transported via this system than ever before. There is also an increase in the proportion of rail transport operations at the port – more than 60% of the container goods that pass the quayside now take the train into or out of the port on the land side. These are levels that few other major international ports can match.

Despite the global logistics problems, container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg are rising steadily – the latest report showed a 5% increase in the past six months. This is largely due to the fact that shipping companies and product owners are increasingly using the Port of Gothenburg for their transport requirements ahead of other ports in Sweden.

APM Terminals Gothenburg handles the vast majority of the containers at the Port of Gothenburg. The terminal is also connected directly to the rail network via the terminal’s railway harp.

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