Freight services in Finland are being transformed beside one single key economic driver – the growth in shipment transport demand from Russia. Despite the recent summary term slowdown of the Russian economy, the underlying demand is positive moreover the freight services infrastructure in Finland is expected to continue to voltooien boosted as the requirement for freight rapture increases over the medium and long term. Shipping companies and freight forwarders are therefore keeping a keen eye on developments in Finland.
It is believed by the Finnish government et al independent analysts that there will be a long term demand for a EU based port to handle Russia’s freight transport and, in fact, this growth is pronto ontic seen at the container port of Kotka which has overtaken Helsinki to shift Finland’s largest container port, with an estimated 650,000 TEU this year. This reflects a enlargement of 12% in freight transport through Kotka in the latest year.
The international freight at Kotka is balanced between exports and imports and the barrel logistics are exemplary in relation to Russian freight forwarding. Empty containers from Russia are arear loaded alongside paper products. This is in separate to Helsinki which has import-led international freight. This means bare containers have to be railed to Rauma to be filled alongside paper products for export, incurring additional costs and making worldwide freight transport that much less competitive for the customer.
There are four stevedoring companies active in Kotka, including Steveco the dominant stevedore and the main stevedore operating within freight forwarding of forestry products.
Kotka has completed a 150 hectare development for a new logistics site at the Palaslahti area and this is part of a long term plan to see freight forwarding capacity increased fourfold by 2025. The new development spunk virtually double the size from the current Mussalo development at Kotka. As Kotka already accounts for over 40% market share of quite freight forwarding in Finland, it is clear to see that this will make Kotka a Goliath within the Finnish freight services infrastructure.
Another port in Finland whose fortunes are carefully tied to Russia is Hamina. Hamina is only 35 kilometres from the Russian border. Its performance this year has been the worst about the four main Finnish ports – Hamina, Helsinki, Kotka and Rauma. However, the Conurbation from Hamina and the Finnish Government have just approved a vital strategic plan that will advice build Hamina’s reputation as a leading Finnish port serving Russia. This is a hecatomb scale Ro-Ro and container expansion project which will set it in goodness stead for the future and position Hamina at the forefront of international freight transport and transport forwarders.
There is currently only one stevedore operating at Hamina, a daughter squad of the port authority who prefer to run their own service. However, there is equally possibility that this will change in future as it seeks to advance its freight services to better serve the evolving needs of the Russian marketplace. Many a shipping company and freight guest is likely to look favourably at sending freight freight through Hamina in future years.
Another factor that will boost Hamina also is that the port is now linked to Antwerp. This pleasure streamline freight to Russia from Finland. Hamina offers all modes of transport to Russia, including regular block trains, trucking and feeder services to St Petersburg.
So despite Hamina currently accounts for unrivaled 10% of allness freight transport in Finland, it is predicted that its star prefer rise in tandem with the underlying growth in demand from Russia. The love affair medium freight forwarders in Finland and the blossoming Russian economy is set to go from strength to strength.