Press release -
New service between Gothenburg and Morocco
Swedish exports to Morocco are on the increase. The shipping company Seago Line is about to establish a new service to Casablanca and Agadir in Morocco. Swedish forest products and engineering products are just two examples of the freight that will be transported using this new service.
Swedish exports to Morocco have more than doubled in the past ten years. In 2013, the export value was SEK 2.7 billion. During the first nine months of 2014, exports rose by 49 per cent compared with the same period the previous year.
Next week the shipping company Seago Line starts a new freight service between Gothenburg and Morocco.
"It is extremely encouraging that Seago Line has identified market potential in the trade between Sweden and Morocco and that it has chosen to invest in Gothenburg as a freight hub," said Claes Sundmark, Vice President Business Area Cargo, Roro and Rail, at the Port of Gothenburg.
The ships operating on this new service will call at APM Terminals, the Port of Gothenburg container terminal, each Friday. The rotation will be St Petersburg – Gdansk – Gothenburg – Bremerhaven – Antwerp – Casablanca – Agadir.
North Africa important for Swedish forest industry
The service will call at St Petersburg and Gdansk before Gothenburg, which means that imports from Russia and Poland will be able to unload in Gothenburg. From Gothenburg to Morocco the containers will be packed with for example engineering products, timber products and paper.
North Africa is an important market for the Swedish forest industry. Swedish export of sawn timber to Morocco is approximately 400 000 m3 annually.
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. 30 per cent of Swedish foreign trade passes through the Port of Gothenburg as well as 60 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 25 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 oil, cars, ro-ro, containers and passengers.