The port conflict in Gothenburg has led to major consequences within the supply chain. Large companies across the country stress the negative implications in terms of increased cost as well as problems of sending and receiving goods on time.
Northern LEAD researcher Johan Woxenius, professor at University of Gothenburg (School of Business, Economics and Law), is the project manager of a new study focusing on the consequences of the conflict from a national perspective.
The purpose 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, as well as indicate the aggregated logistics effects in terms of altered flows of goods, modal choice, costs and external effects.
"For a country so dependant on trade as Sweden, it is paramount that our largest port is efficient and reliable"
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.
– For a country so dependant on trade as Sweden, it is paramount that our largest port is efficient and reliable, says Johan Woxenius.
By investigating the effects and consequences of the issues that occurred in Port of Gothenburg, the researchers aim to obtain a better knowledge that will benefit both authorities and industrial actors. A final report is expected in September 2019.
– This time, the container flows through Gothenburg were hampered by the conflict. In the future, the flows might be affected by storms or attacks on information systems. With better knowledge of the effects and preparedness to control the goods, future economical and environmental damage can be limited, says Johan Woxenius.
Text: Ulrika Ernström
The project Logistiska konsekvenser av konflikten i Göteborgs containerhamn / Logistics consequences of the Gothenburg container port conflict is financed by The Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket)
Participants in the project are Northern LEAD researchers Johan Woxenius, Rickard Bergqvist, Marta Gonzalez-Aregall and Anastasia Christodoulou at University of Gothenburg, as well as Martin Svanberg, Vendela Santén and Sara Rogerson at SSPA.