Dry Ports in the Öresund Region on the lookout for Hamburg
A Dry Port is not a fortified wine from Portugal, nor is it a Dry Dock. It is an inland intermodal terminal, connected to a seaport by rail, offering easy access and services for further distribution. The STRING Logistics Platform invited participants to join in on a workshop with presentations of existing and potential Dry Ports in Høje Taastrup, Helsingborg, Hässleholm and Karlshamn – all situated in the Öresund Region.

Photo:Green STRING Corridor

Which ports are important to your businesses?  How will the Fehmarn Fixed Link affect your business? And your businesses transport needs? These were some of the questions asked by Jesper König from Lund's University and Marianne Jakobsen from Roskilde University. The aim of the workshop was to invite both buyers and sellers of freight transport - and representatives of public transport administration and planning - to share their thoughts and needs regarding intermodal freight transport.



The workshop was held in Malmö and participants came from both Danish and Swedish sides of the Öresund Region. The overall discussion showed that the initiatives and set-ups of Dry Ports are different in Sweden and Denmark. In Sweden the public sector is heavily involved - often by way of the municipalities and local business organisations - both in ownership and operation.  In Denmark the existing intermodal terminal on Zealand, offering dry port functions, is owned by the Danish State and operated by Europe's largest rail freight company DB Schenker Rail Scandinavia.



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Lively discussions at the STRING Logistics Platform seminar on dry ports



One stop shop


 At the workshop, the transport buyers - the businesses - stressed the need for intermodal shifts between ship, rail and truck to be seamless and efficient. Transport buyers have to be able to book a whole solution combing all the services you need - a so called "one-stop-solution". This would require the transport and logistics companies to work together in new ways. Also, rail freight would have to have a price advantage and more frequent departures and arrivals that would make intermodal business more attractive.


Cheaper and greener designer furniture


 Arne Hellum, Supply Chain Manager at IDdesign Furniture, Denmarks largest retailer of furniture and interior design, was very interested in developing a more attractive Dry Port service at the terminal of Høje Taastrup. The company has more than 40 shops throughout the Nordic Countries (ILVA and IDEmøbler) and are expanding with more than 20 franchise shops in the Middle East and Eastern Europe.


Arne Hellum

Arne Hellum, Supply Chain Manager at IDdesign Furniture



"Since our main warehouse is situated in Greve, near Høje Taastrup, the idea of using the Dry Port is interesting for us. When you consider our import of designer items it would make sense. But it could also support our export to Eastern Europe and the Middle East. A lot of our goods arrive at the port of Hamburg and unfortunately many of the large intercontinental container shipping companies arrive later than scheduled. Sometimes when our consignment arrives the feeder ship has sailed and we have to wait for several days. A flexible and frequent solution with rail - maybe by night - to Høje Taastrup would be attractive for us as an alternative to trucking."



 "What would make the Dry Port solution even more attractive would be by cutting costs on our transport of our Italian designer furniture. When the trucks arrive from Italy at Greve they can hardly ever find freight to bring back from Denmark. This is a general problem because Zealand no longer has much manufacturing industry. If the trucks could stop at a terminal near Hamburg they could shift our goods to rail and load their trucks back to Italy. This would cut our costs and make our transport more environmentally friendly. Carbon footprints and Corporate Responsibility are important issues to us", the Supply Chain Manager sums up.


By Anine Asklund