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Rapid link between Stockholm and the largest port in Scandinavia

Press Release   •   Aug 29, 2012 13:05 BST

A new shuttle between Stockholm Årsta and the Port of Gothenburg will come into service today. The shuttle provides companies throughout the Stockholm area with a rapid, environmentally smart link to key import and export markets.

Magnus Kårestedt, Chief Executive of the Port of Gothenburg, says: "Stockholm is the most expansive area in Sweden and has a considerable need for efficient freight transport. I'm convinced that the new shuttle will reinforce companies in the Stockholm region even further."

In just six hours, freight will be transported from Årsta to the Port of Gothenburg. On arrival, the freight trucks go straight to the container terminal, APM Terminals. Awaiting them is the most extensive range of services in Scandinavia, both within Europe and to other parts of the world. The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with direct container services to China, India, the Middle East and the USA.

Magnus Kårestedt continues: "This will be an opportunity for companies in Stockholm to reach their import and export markets directly without transshipment at another port on the continent."

The rail shuttle will run five days a week in both directions and will be operated by TM Rail, which already has a rail shuttle service between Örebro and the Port of Gothenburg. The combiterminal in Årsta is operated by the rapidly growing logistics company Logent, which recently took over the terminal.

Stockholm acquires part of the Port of Gothenburg
The newly started shuttle will become one of 26 shuttles in the nationwide Railport Scandinavia system, a system that is more than just rail shuttles. Several of the terminals in the system can offer services that were previously only carried out at the port. This includes storage, distribution and administration. Some of the terminals can even offer customs clearance of imported goods.

"The system means that we are able to move the Port of Gothenburg out to other parts of the country, closer to the transport purchasers. By doing so, we make it easier for Swedish industry to benefit from our wide range of European and deep sea services," concludes Magnus Kårestedt.

Apart from efficient transport, Railport Scandinavia offers significant environmental benefits. In one year, rail shuttles save around 50,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, equivalent to emissions from 17,000 petrol-driven cars for a whole year. Each day, the rail shuttles replace around 700 trucks.

For further information, please contact Cecilia Carlsson, Communication Manager, phone +46 (0)31-731 22 45, cecilia.carlsson@portgot.se

 

Fact file: Port of Gothenburg
The Port of Gothenburg is the largest port in the Nordic region with 11,000 visits by vessels each year. One-third of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as 65 per cent of all container traffic.

The Port of Gothenburg is the only port in Sweden with the capacity to receive the world's largest container vessels and has the broadest range of shipping routes within and outside Europe. The 26 rail shuttles that depart each day mean that companies throughout Sweden and Norway have a direct, environmentally smart link to the largest port in the Nordic region. The Port of Gothenburg has terminals for energy products, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.

www.portofgothenburg.se

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