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Port of Gothenburg looks to solve empty container deficit

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To mitigate the empty container deficit at the Port of Gothenburg community is launching an “Empty Container Initiative” campaign, aimed to support container storage during the holiday seasons, from today lasting through January.

This comes as COVID-19 continues to affect the world and global trade. Right now, Port of Gothenburg customers are experiencing a sudden deficit of empty containers for export cargo, while at the same time Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) account that Swedish export is booming, the Port said in a statement.

With more than 50% of the total Swedish container traffic, the container balance at the Port of Gothenburg is almost 50-50 between import and export. This fact also brings fast container turnaround times.

But things move quickly in the face of the pandemic – the degree of changes and unpredictability are creating disruptions and imbalances in the transport system that require speedy solutions.

At the start of the pandemic this spring, the Port of Gothenburg along with its Railport partners successfully offered inland storage of imported goods to mitigate a temporary supply/demand imbalance.

“We were able to act quickly to help Swedish industry averting the acute effects of that situation which was very appreciated. Right now, our export customers are experiencing a deficit of empty containers for their export cargo,” said Jacob Minnhagen Senior Market Development Manager at the Gothenburg Port Authority.

To maintain the supply of empty containers for Swedish export customers, the Port of Gothenburg community including Railport partners is now offering special conditions. The possibilities vary depending on the prerequisites of the partner involved, but could include services like storage, inspections, and handling of empty containers.

“This is a unique measure that we have been able to put together very quickly, within the last couple of days. We have had an amazing response from the involved partners, and we are delighted that they are able to act swiftly, firmly and in a collaborative fashion,” said Minnhagen.

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