Logistic consequences of the Gothenburg container port conflict

The conflict in APM Terminals in Port of Gothenburg has led to a large reduction in volumes handled in the port. We can observe consequences within the supply chain and large companies across the country stress the negative implications in terms of increased cost as well as problems of sending/receiving goods on time. SSPA and the University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law), is jointly investigating the consequences of the conflict from a supply chain perspective for various types of actors in Sweden. This knowledge will benefit both authorities and industrial actors in planning for how to act when supply chain disruptions such as port conflicts occur.

The purpose of this research project is to investigate which actors have been affected, how they have been affected, which measures they have taken and can take to mitigate the consequences and indicate the aggregated logistics effects in terms of altered flows of goods, modal choice, costs and external effects. The project will not address the labour market conflict itself, rather in an unbiased way address the consequences of the conflict and how problems that have arised have been addressed at different stages throughout the conflict.

  • 2 partners from Sweden
  • Financiers: Swedish Transport Administration, Swedish Maritime Administration, Lighthouse and SFO Transport
  • Project period: 2017 - 2019

SSPA will focus on analysing the changes in the maritime container traffic and its environmental impacts. The maritime container traffic will be analysed over time with AIS data and a scenario-based environmental impact assessment will be made. Our experts will also study how the industrial actors have been affected and how they managed to handle the effects of this conflict. Operators involved in freight flow, carriers (shipping companies), transport intermediaries (freight forwarders and shipping agents) as well as transport buyers (both consignors and consignees of goods) will be studied.

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