Yilport Gävle sees 30 per cent volume increase

Yilport Gävle's container volume increases 30 per cent

Yilport Gävle has reported a 30 per cent increase in container volume and an average annual growth rate of 14 per cent over the past three years, despite the Swedish market shrinking by 3 per cent in 2021.

Yilport Gävle’s quays reportedly handle over 50 per cent of containers on Sweden’s east coast.

From 2021–2023, Yilport Gävle’s market share of the total container volume in Sweden thus rose from nine to 12 per cent. Looking only at the east coast, Yilport Gävle’s market share has increased by 10 points during the same period, from 47 to 57 per cent.

According to the company, part of the explanation for the large increase over these years is the billion-dollar investment in new infrastructure that Yilport Gävle carried out in 2021.

The investment consisted of an expansion of the container terminal where 75,000 square metres of land area was added, a new quay with three cranes, six automated RTG – cranes with the possibility of refrigerated container storage, and a border control station for foodstuffs.

The investment has more than doubled its capacity, increasing from 250,000 TEU to 600,000 TEU per year, enabled more efficient cargo handling, and opened up more and larger ship calls. This, together with a strong Swedish base industry, has benefited the containerisation of export goods at Yilport Gävle’s four Container Freight Stations (CFS).

In recent years, there have been new import routes via Gävle, with the Stockholm area as their final destination. This expansion is mainly because of the strategic positioning of the sister terminal, Yilport Stockholm Nord, located in Rosersberg between Stockholm and Uppsala, which sits within Sweden’s largest consumer market.

Consequently, there has been an increase in the frequency of our train service between Yilport Gävle and Yilport Stockholm Nord, rising from three to four trains per week. Some weeks have even seen the need for an additional fifth train to manage the higher volume of cargo.

READ: Yilport enhances its train shuttle network in Sweden

Eryn Dinyovszky, CEO of Yilport Nordic, stated:  Sweden’s east coast has a new container giant in Yilport Gävle.

“Our investments in infrastructure and efficient logistics solutions have not only cemented our position as leaders but also enabled significant growth despite a challenging market.

We are well placed in the middle of central Sweden with proximity to both Stockholm and northern Sweden, which attracts new customers and more import flows. At the same time, the increased capacity has enabled the shipping companies to increase the size of the ships calling at us, without losing productivity.

“We will continue to operate more solutions as a terminal operator to meet our customers’ needs and at the same time develop our business.”

Last October, the Port of Kapellskär, part of Ports of Stockholm, welcomed the new Finnlines vessel equipped with auto mooring technology using vacuum pads and onshore power connections.

More recently, YILPORT collaborated with Spedition Bode and Kombiverkehr GmbH & Co. KG to double the number of departures between Stockholm Nord and Europe as part of its investment in expanded train service.

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