Port of Ghent to become hub for trade between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe

The Port of Ghent in East Flanders is to become a hub for trade between Southern Europe and Scandinavia. From the start of next month four rail freight routes will open between the East Flemish port and Spain, the South of France and Italy. Goods from these countries will be transhipped at Ghent before continuing on their journey to customers in Scandinavia.     

This will result in the creation of 120 new jobs at the shipping company DFDS. The company sails 8 times a week between Ghent and the Swedish port of Götenborg. The new service will result in 120 fewer journeys by lorry every week.

The new route will offer the quickest rail link between Turkey and Scandinavia. Containers will first be shipped from Turkey to Trieste in Northern Italy. 

They will then be transferred onto trains bound for Ghent before being transshipped onto boats bound for Sweden. This will cut the amount of time needed to transport goods from Turkey to Sweden to just 5 days.