Environmentally smart return loads create effective transport solutions

In order to optimally develop logistics solutions and utilise loading capacity in the car terminal in Malmö Copenhagen Malmö Port, CMP, is focusing on return loads in collaboration with GreenCargo’s subsidiary NTR. Instead of the train carriages going back empty after delivering cars to Northern Sweden, they are filled with wood products for transport south. CMP is now hoping that more companies will utilise this possibility, which is both cost-effective and environmentally smart.

A constant stream of new cars leaves from CMP’s car terminal in Malmö bound for end customers in Northern Sweden. The cars are transported by train. Previously almost all these carriages arrived back at CMP empty once the cars had been unloaded. Now many of them are filled with return freight, markedly increasing the density rate.

“CMP is a logistic hub in the Baltic and our strategic location facilitates these types of services. As we are a nodal point for different types of transportation, it is relatively simple to put together a comprehensive solution, regardless of whether it concerns sea, rail or road transport”, says Björn Larsson, Terminal Manager at Copenhagen Malmö Port AB.

CMP arranges the return loads back to Malmö in collaboration with NTR. Matching the right goods with the right logistics arrangement delivers a simple solution. The free freight capacity in the carriages and the rail tracks available are maximally utilised.

“A number of sawmills in Norrland transport sawn wood products south using our trains. On arrival the timber is reloaded onto trucks for further transport to customers in southern Europe,” Björn Larsson concludes.

Thus far the volumes have been satisfactory and have involved regular deliveries to CMP every month. As the arrangement is environmentally smart and cost-effective, CMP is hoping that more companies will view this logistics solution as a good way to make their transportation more efficient.

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