Workshop about the role of transport buyers

Workshop about the role of transport buyers for sustainable and increased shipping

Increasing the share of goods transported by sea has received increasing political interest in order to achieve a sustainable transport system with fewer trucks and increased capacity utilization of ports and waterways. Recently transport buyers, shipping companies, forwarders and researchers attended a workshop in Sweden to discuss barriers and opportunities for shifting goods from road transport to short sea shipping within Europe, and also environmental performance of sea transport. The workshop was organised by SSPA and partners as part of a research study. A project report concluding the research project will be available in August. 

Several presentations illustrated opportunities to shift goods from road transport to short sea shipping and environmental performance of sea transport. A representative from the Swedish Transport Administration commenced by describing the national freight transport strategy and the eco bonus system. Representatives from CMA CMG, one of the shipping companies receiving eco bonus during 2018, shared their experiences of starting up a new shipping line. Maritimt Forum (Maritime Forum), an arena for meetings and collaboration within the maritime industry in Sweden, described trends and development in line shipping and its influence on transport-buying companies.  The day ended with a dialogue between representatives from Roxtec and Geodis, who described how their collaboration and common interest has reduced negative effects on the environment from freight transport.

- "Transport buyers in general choose mode of transport based on service requirements, characteristics of the goods and the mode of transport", says PhD. Sara Rogerson, Researcher and Project Manager at SSPA.

The research study also points to other reasons why the share of goods transported by sea is not increasing. Such reasons concern prioritization and knowledge level in transport-buying companies along with their relationships with shipping companies and forwarders. 

The workshop was organised by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, SSPA Sweden and the Swedish Maritime Forum. It was a part of a research study financed by the Swedish Transport Administration. A project report concluding the research project will be available in August.

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Recently transport buyers, shipping companies, forwarders and researchers attended a workshop in Sweden to discuss barriers and opportunities for shifting goods from road transport to short sea shipping within Europe, and also environmental performance of sea transport. Photo: Joachim Glassell.

The workshop was organised by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, SSPA Sweden and the Swedish Maritime Forum as part of a research study. A project report concluding the research project will be available in August. Photo: Joachim Glassell.