Swedish ports’ importance for the country
A large part of the Swedish economy is dependent on exports and imports of cargo and passengers through the ports. The value of cargo and passenger flows through the Swedish ports can be estimated at more than 1000 billion SEK.
Shipping is very important for our cross-border transports, but despite the fact that a large proportion of Sweden’s imports and exports (95 percent) is going via the ports, shipping is responsible for only 10 percent of Sweden’s carbon dioxide emissions.
Data are from HUI Research’s report, “Sveriges hamnar – porten till Sverige”.
Port of Trelleborg – a designated Core Port in Europe
The EU has selected more than 100 ports throughout Europe which should be the core of a core network, a “Core Network” in which the Port of Trelleborg is included. To simplify cooperation and holding together the network, EU has decided to form nine transport corridors and we are part of the Scandinavian Mediterranean Corridor which runs from Finland on the Russian border and down through Europe to Valletta in the south of Italy. The corridor is the longest and largest corridor that includes 26 ports from 47 regions in eight countries.
The advantage of being a Core port and be featured in a corridor, is that it is this network that will be given priority in infrastructure investments in the future. This is important for the Port of Trelleborg but also for the municipality of Trelleborg. Being a Core port strengthens Port of Trelleborg’s role as a port and it becomes even clearer when the port’s partner ports in Travemünde, Rostock and Swinoujscie are also selected Core ports where the first two are also in the same corridor as the Port of Trelleborg.
When the port had its Transport Conference in October 2014, Pat Cox, who is the EU responsible for the Scandinavian Mediterranean Corridor, was attending and gave a speech about how the corridor will be established and developed.
Sweden’s five designated Core Ports; Trelleborg, Malmö/Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Luleå, have together ordered a report from the WSP to illuminate the role of the Core Ports from a regional, national and European perspective. You can find the report here (in Swedish): Corehamnar rapport slutversion and the stretching of the EU’s nine transport corridors you see here ten-t-corridor-map-2013.