Sweden Operations Status

Update 28th of August 2017

Congestion: In line with current market conditions, and considering the current situation in Gothenburg and remaining Swedish ports, it has been decided to withdraw the congestion fee for all ports for exports from Sweden. This is applicable to all cargo from Sweden effective 1st of September. Please note that the congestion fee is still applicable as is when it comes to import to Sweden, until further notice.

Update 10th of August 2017

Port situation and status has developed faster than ever during past weeks,Here is our latest status update per Port:


-          No export restrictions or backlog

-          Extra loader call week 31 -> Export backlog is now cleared

-          Yard density back to healthy level -> Export Gate in is now allowed 7 days prior ETD

-          Gate in waiting time -> Improved performance: still with possible peaks but no waiting time from 17:00


-          No export restrictions or backlog

-          Import: Yard density is still higher than normal -> import acceptance is limited (thus partly redirected to our alternative POD Malmö)


-          Weekly call and no restrictions on Import / Export


-          Weekly call and no restriction on Import / Export

Gävle / Norrköping:

-          Both Terminals are still pressured but Export backlog has significantly reduced -> 2 Extra loaders calls week 31.

-       Transshipment from East Coast will now be performed at Felixstowe, UK to avoid the current congestion in Bremerhaven.

Thank you for your continued support!

Update 21th July 2017

Norrköping: We are glad to advise that we have managed to secure an extra-loader to assist with the high export demand we have on the east coast of Sweden. The name of the vessel is Amanda D and she will be in Norrköping in week 30.

Gothenburg: Also here are we glad to advise that an extra-loader – Maersk Kokura – will call Gothenburg in week 30 and bring cargo directly to Far East. On that note, the port of Gothenburg is continuing to report a very high yard density. If you have an import container not yet picked up, we kindly ask you to put priority on arranging for that. The high yard density is impacting the terminals ability to operate.

Helsingborg: We are continuing to free up export capacity by discharging import containers in Malmö. We expect to clear all export backlog in Helsingborg in week 30 and are continuously evaluating the booking restrictions that were announced in week 28.

Update 12th July 2017

We would like to give you an update on the ports situation in Sweden, as much has happened the past weeks.

Gothenburg: there is currently no labour action in the terminal and our AE5 service is since last week calling Gothenburg again. Yard density has been high in the past weeks due to the terminal's IT issues so it is very important that our customers pick up import containers as fast as possible, to allow us to discharge/load more units. We currently have no booking restriction at this port and we continue to have 3 weekly calls.

Helsingborg: situation has deteriorated further and the terminal is heavily congested. We have a weekly call but we do not manage to load/discharge all containers due to low produticity and restricted move counts. We ask all our customer to use Gothenburg or Halmstad instead for exports/imports.

Halmstad: we have a weekly call and no major issue to report.

Gävle: Gävle is also facing congestion and there has been delays in berthing the vessels resulting in changes in ETD.

Nörrkoping: this week we have brought in an extra loader and cleared all the backlog standing at the port. Terminal is also facing high demand and delays are expected.

Thank you for your support and we will keep you updated.

Update 27th June 2017

We hereby provide you with a quick status on each of our Swedish ports;

Gothenburg: AE5 is scheduled to call Gothenburg from week 27 onwards. Our capacity will be subject to availability of moves at the terminal.

Helsingborg: The congestion has not been resolved and we expect delays on both import and export cargo for few weeks ahead. Our capacity has been restricted by the port and we are looking into possible options to minimize delays.

Halmstad: Terminal has limited capacity, but we do not foresee any delays for the regular volumes.

Gävle: The window for our feeder Annaba was pushed this week and consequently she is delayed. The impact on her onward schedule is under review.

Norrköping: Due to the delay in Gävle, as mentioned above, Annaba’s onward schedule is under review. At this point our intention is to call Norrköping after Gävle, but it is not guaranteed and there may be delays in connections.

Södertälje: No update

 Update 22nd June 2017

The overall truck and rail capacity will continue to be limited as a result of the current situation in Sweden. 

We are doing all we can do deliver the containers timely but there will be delays, late changes and cancellation from time to time depending on the capacity to and from the various ports.

We are working closely together with the trucking and rail companies to minimise the impact to the largest extent possible.

 Update 21st June 2017

Due to congestion in Malmö port our extra loader Bomar Victory was not able to discharge all units as planned yesterday. We have managed to secure extra capacity in Gothenburg on Thursday 22nd June that will allow us to discharge the majority of the cargo that is pending onboard, but there was not sufficient capacity in Gothenburg to allow all units to be discharged. Bomar Victory will therefore call Fredrikstad in Norway today and discharge the remaining units. We will contact all customers directly to inform where their cargo will be discharged.

Update 16th June 2017

Sweden: Export opportunity in most Swedish ports to book cargo into 20’ DV and 40’DV in order to experience faster equipment handling.

Helsingborg: Due to severe congestion in Helsingborg BF Esperanza has been delayed during this week. She is still in Helsingborg and will continue operations during Friday and during the weekend. Our plan is to keep her until at least all of our import cargo has been discharged.  As a result planned cargo for week 25 departure has been postponed to next available vessel. We will use Malmö port as alternative for part of our Helsingborg imports and we also ask our customers who previously shipped from Gothenburg to transfer the volume back to Gothenburg, where we have 3 weekly calls. At this point we expect delays for both import and export for the coming weeks but we are working hard to minimize the impact and will keep you updated on the progress.

Update 14th June 2017

Helsingborg: As previously informed, the port of Helsingborg is facing severe congestion and as a result both import and export containers are being delayed. We will use Malmö Port as alternative for part of our Helsingborg imports and we also ask our customers who previously shipped from Gothenburg to transfer the volume back to Gothenburg, where we have 3 weekly calls.

Update 12th June 2017

We have revised our current network to/from Sweden and we have now lifted all booking restrictions for exports from Gothenburg! Customers can book on their regular channels and we will closely monitor the situation in the terminal. As per the normal booking process, confirmation will be subject to space and equipment availability.

Update 08th June 2017

Gothenburg: It has been confirmed that Mette Maersk / 723E, planned for 13th of June, will omit Gothenburg. All import cargo will be discharged in Wilhelmshaven, Germany for further connection to Sweden. All customers will be notified of exact plan once that is finalized next week.

Helsingborg: We had to omit Helsingborg this week as our vessel was delayed out of Bremerhaven and no berthing window was available in Helsingborg. We have made a recovery plan and import/export cargo will be loaded on next week’s call.

Gävle: The demand from the east coast of Sweden continues to be very strong. In our continuation to serve our customers in the best way possible we are glad to share that we've deployed an extra-loader this week to load all cargo booked.

Update 02nd June 2017

APMT terminal in Gothenburg is currently running with limited capacity due to the ongoing labour conflict. This is affecting the inland operation and we are facing space pressure on rail caused by less departures to/from the port. As for trucking we are unable to guarantee on time delivery of bookings to/from Gothenburg.

Update 30th May 2017

According to APMT’s customer advisory sent today, the Swedish National Mediation Institute have called for mediation on Wednesday May 31. The complete advisory from the terminal can be found on the following link. Until we are informed otherwise, we will continue to execute based on the current restrictions.

The plan for imports on Merete Maersk has been finalized and the arrival notices have been sent to all customers today. Please contact your customer service representative if any doubts. For containers discharged in Malmö, the return of empty equipment must be done in Gothenburg.

Update 26th May 2017

Unfortunately there is no update regarding the conflict and the lockout has been in full effect this week. We will continue to do the outmost to increase the capacity to and from Sweden and this week we had our first import call into Malmo.

Omission: As previously advised, MSC Oscar, planned for 6th of June, will omit Gothenburg. All import cargo will be discharged in Bremerhaven for further connection to Sweden.

Empty equipment: we would like to remind all customers that we can only release equipment at the earliest 7 days prior to ETD. This is to ensure we can cater to all confirmed bookings. Containers picked up before release date will be requested to be returned at the customer’s expenses. In case of equipment shortage in a specific depot, customers will be asked to pick up units in different locations.

Update  22nd May 2017

The lockout in the port of Gothenburg started on Friday the 19th (16:00h) as no agreement was reached between the two parties. We have our first vessel in the terminal today handled according to the new limitations and operations are going according to plan.

20’Dry:  from today we have opened acceptance of 20’DV export bookings with port of loading Gothenburg.

Update 19th May 2017

There are no news with regards to the status of the conflict between the terminal and the union and hence we expect the lockout to commence today at 16h as previously communicated. All our preparations are based on the scenario that the lockout will go ahead. 

Omission: It has been confirmed that Merete Maersk / 721E, planned for 30th  of May, will omit Gothenburg. All import cargo will be discharged in Wilhelmshaven, Germany for further connection and as a result the cargo will be delayed into Sweden. All customers will be notified of exact plan once that is finalized next week. At this stage we do not have more details to share. Further to that, MSC Oscar, planned for 6th of June, will also omit as the terminal will then be closed due to national holiday.

Congestion: In line with the intensification of the conflict at Gothenburg port, there has been a substantial volume increase to the other Swedish ports. As a consequence of increased density and congestion at the ports we serve, together with increased costs for the expanded network, we have had to increase our congestion fee (CFO/CFD) in Gothenburg, and expand it to also cover all other Swedish ports. Please see attached advisory for all details.

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Update 18th May – 15:00h

We can now confirm that we have opened acceptance for bookings in and out of Södertälje with a feeder solution via Bremerhaven. This is a result of our constant search for alternative options to alleviate the pressure off of Gothenburg. Products will be available in our website tomorrow.

Demurrage & Detention: Costs that arise as a result of this situation will be invoiced as per our normal process.

Update 18th May – 09:00h

Mary Maersk import: The final plan for Mary Maersk import has now been finalized and information has been shared by your customer service focal. Please reach out to us if you need further information about changes in the transport plan.

Mirror lock out APMT: We have not received any further news about the mirror lock out, hence we expect that it will be put in to effect as announced May 19th.

Late gate-in acceptance: Due to current situation in Gothenburg port, we will not accept any late arrival requests.

Updated 15 May 2017

Following the announcement that Mary Maersk / 720E will omit Gothenburg (planned for May 21st), we would like to advise that all imports will be discharged in Bremerhaven for further connection to Sweden. The final plan for all containers will be advised to all customers latest by Thursday (May 18th). We would like to kindly ask all our customers to return their empty containers as soon as possible, so that we can ensure a balanced equipment pools during this period.

Updated 12 May 2017

We would like to advise that in week 21, our services AE5 (vessel Mary Maersk, 720E) and L35 (vessel Annaba, 1721) will omit Gothenburg. We are currently working on providing alternative solutions and more information will be available as early as possible on Monday, 15th May. 

Updated 11 May 2017

A mirror lock out at APM Terminals in Gothenburg has been announced today, effective from 19th of May until 30th of June. During this period APM Terminals will be open from 7am to 4pm on working days and on weekends their standard opening hours will apply. APM Terminals have announced that their service will be limited during this period.

The mirror lock out has been announced as a consequence of the ongoing conflict between Hamnarbetarförbundets avdelning 4 and APM Terminals. More information can be found on www.apmterminals.com.

We have been impacted by limited capacity at the port of Gothenburg for a longer period of time and after today’s announcement we have decided to implement a booking stop from Gothenburg. The booking stop will be effective immediately and remain until we have a clear overview of how the announced mirror lock out will impact our capacity.

Meanwhile we are working hard to find alternative solutions to cater to your cargo and we are investigating all possibilities to increase our capacity from other Swedish ports. We will revert to you as soon as we have more information to share.

Please reach out to our customer service teams if you have any concerns.

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