There was also an increase in rail container traffic - by 1.8% year-on-year to a total of 231k TEUs.
The Swedish port took care of more liquid bulk, too, up by 21.6% yoy to 11.8mt.
At the same time, however, other segments noted double-digit decreases. Wheeled cargo traffic contracted by 13.4% yoy to altogether 252k ro-ro cargo units, while vehicle logistics by 23.7% yoy to 103k units.
Passenger traffic was hit exceptionally hard by the coronavirus pandemic, down by 58.2% yoy to a total of 310k ferry passengers only (there were no cruise calls till end-June vs. 24 in H1 2019).
"The Port of Gothenburg is probably the only company in Gothenburg that hasn't had to revise its outlook for 2020 as a result of the corona pandemic. The positive outcome also means that employment linked to logistics in Gothenburg has been preserved. This concerns some 22 thousand people who this way or another are dependent on the Port of Gothenburg for making their living," Elvir Dzanic, Chief Executive, Gothenburg Port Authority, commented.