Starting from the end of this month, MSC will operate a new direct service connecting the Port of Gothenburg to the United States.
The weekly connection aims to further improve conditions for growth in trade between Sweden and the US.
The full port rotation is as follows: Klaipeda (Lithuania) – Gdynia (Poland) – Gothenburg (Sweden) – Bremerhaven (Germany) – New York (US) – Philadelphia (US) – Norfolk (US) – Klaipeda.
The first call on the loop is set to depart from the APM Terminals container facility in the Port of Gothenburg on 31 March and will take 11 days to reach New York. The first vessel to operate on the route will be the MSC Cornelia.
“The new direct connection between the Baltic Sea and the east coast of the United States has been in great demand and is the only one on the market today. With the new service, we are also strengthening our offer through Gothenburg, which we are very positive about,” said Maria Sturgis, MD at MSC Sweden.
Swedish exports of goods to the US have increased by an average of 4 per cent per year over the past five years.
Claes Sundmark, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at the Gothenburg Port Authority, added: “The US is Sweden’s largest export market outside Europe, and also a growing one. This direct traffic is a very welcome addition that further strengthens the Port of Gothenburg as the guarantor for Swedish industry’s access to the world.”
In other recent news, rail operator Green Cargo has also launched a new freight shuttle between the Port of Gothenburg and Rosersberg, north of Stockholm.
The shuttle will depart six times a week and transport goods from Rosersberg to Gothenburg, for onward transit to France and the UK.
In 2021, rail traffic at the Port of Gothenburg reached an all-time high and this latest announcement will support its aim of growing volumes further.