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New shuttle between Piteå and the Port of Göteborg

posted on 21st Jan 2024 18:30

Träfraktkontoret in Göteborg and its subsidiary, TFK Logistics, have established a railway shuttle between Piteå and the Port of Göteborg. This means that companies in the northernmost region in Sweden has secured an efficient and environmentally friendly transportation solution to and from their markets around the world. 

"We are very pleased with the opportunity to create efficient logistics solutions for the business community in Norrbotten. The region's industry gains access to cost-effective, stable, and environmentally sustainable solutions for their customers in both Europe and the rest of the world," says Kim Johansson, Managing Director of TFK Logistics.

The new railway shuttle is operated by TFK Logistics, which has been servicing the route since 10 December 2023. The train departs twice per week. The wagons are loaded at both Shorelink in the Port of Piteå and Stenvalls Trä's rail-connected terminal at Lövholmen before the train departs for the Port of Gothenburg.

"We quickly found a good collaboration with Träfraktkontoret, and we are now working together to contribute to ensuring that the railway shuttle also provides other companies in the region with good logistics solutions. It provides the region's businesses with a smoother logistics flow with secured deliveries, reduces freight costs, and collectively reduces our climate impact," says Roger Bergman, Marketing Manager at Stenvalls Trä AB.

Once in the Port of Göteborg, the containers are directly transported to the container terminal operated by APM Terminals, where they are lifted directly onto ships for further transport worldwide. In theory, companies loading their goods in Piteå can have their containers on board a direct ocean-going vessel leaving the Port of Göteborg just 48 hours later. Tank containers are also transported on the shuttle, and starting in March, trailer wagons will also be introduced on the train. The trailer wagons will be handled at the Arken Intermodal Terminal operated by Gothenburg Roro Terminal.

The shuttle is a sustainable logistics solution that results in significant climate savings. According to calculations by the Swedish Environmental Institute IVL, the shuttle leads to 80 – 90 % less emissions of greenhouse gases compared to transporting the cargo on feeder vessels through the Baltic Sea.

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