During 2018, rail-borne container volumes to and from the Port of Gothenburg rose by 13%. Volume growth increased during the year and was strongest during the final quarter with an increase of 27%.
Much of the long-distance freight consists of Swedish basic industry products such as steel, paper and timber, which are mainly transported by rail from inland locations or the east coast to the Port of Gothenburg for onward transport by sea to export markets on the continent.
The freight often has to be switched to containers at one of the three transloading terminals at the Port of Gothenburg, all of which are near to the Container Terminal.
In addition, the Port Line, the dedicated freight track that runs directly into the port, is being overhauled and converted into a double-track system. A number of sections have already been completed, including the new double-track Marieholm Bridge, which opened back in 2016. Phase 2 was also recently completed, bringing rail traffic all the way into the Container Terminal. Phase 3 of conversion of the Port Line to a double-track system will start during 2019.
Moreover, the Arken Combi Terminal at the Port of Gothenburg replaced the now defunct Combi Terminal in central Gothenburg. The move to a modern terminal near the port led to more effective transport, increased volumes, and a rise in rail capacity at the Port. Namely, over 60,000 units were handled at the Combi Terminal in 2018, which can be added to the almost 400,000 units that passed through the Container Terminal.