Gothenburg Port Registers Increase In Container Throughput
News: Sweden's Port of Gothenburg registered a 3% year-on-year (y-o-y) increase in container throughput to 458,000 twenty-foot equivalent units in H112. This is attributed to a sharp rise in Swedish exports to markets outside Europe that encountered a slowdown in imports and weak trade flows within Europe. This was also due to a new deep-sea service to Asia by the G6 Alliance. However, the port's roll-on roll-off traffic recorded a drop of 4% y-o-y to 280,000 trailer units in the reported period. Meanwhile, the port also posted a sharp 28% y-o-y slump in car traffic to 88,000 units in the first six months of 2012.
In Sweden, maritime shipping accounts for 90% of the country's foreign trade. The Gothenburg Port is the biggest port across the Nordic region and handles 12,000 vessels annually.