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Green Cargo and Domsjö Fiber move pulpwood from road to rail

In Sweden, a collaboration agreement between Domsjö Fiber AB and the state-owned rail freight operator Green Cargo AB has moved over 5 000 tonnes of pulpwood a week from road to rail freight for safer, more efficient and greener transportation. The first rail consignment, loaded with lnps-model timber wagons, ran in mid-February.

In Sweden, a collaboration agreement between Domsjö Fiber AB and the state-owned rail freight operator Green Cargo AB has moved over 5 000 tonnes of pulpwood a week from road to rail freight (photo courtesy Green Cargo).

Founded in 2008, Domsjö Fiber AB is a pulpwood and biomass procurement company jointly owned by municipal energy utility Övik Energi AB and Domsjö Fabriker AB, part of India-headed Aditya Birla Group. For Domsjö Fiber, stability in production without surprises or unforeseen stops is important and why it is crucial that deliveries run according to plan.

After previously having transported pulpwood by road, deliveries now occur in a more efficient and more environmentally friendly manner, with four to five rail shuttles a week from Storuman and Tågsjöberg to Örnsköldsvik.

It is gratifying to have started rail-freight services again. We have succeeded in linking together volumes from Tågsjöberg and Storuman, and put together sufficiently large volumes for this shuttle service. A few years ago, we switched from rail to road transportation from Tågsjöberg/Backe owing to problems with the new signal system on the Bothnia Line, so it is a real pleasure to be loading timber in Tågsjöberg onto rail wagons under this setup, said Patrik Lundgren, Logistics Manager at Domsjö Fiber.

The Swedish forestry industry is the largest purchaser of transportation services and Green Cargo moves around 9 million tonnes of logs, wood products, paper, and pulp annually.

In partnership with Domsjö Fiber, we have kept an excellent open dialogue ongoing since the first meeting in order to create a transportation solution based on their needs, where volume, frequency, wagon and load carrier solutions are components that impact how the logistics solution is designed. When all the included components work together, it creates cost-efficient, stable and punctual shipments, which is an important part of their entire distribution chain. The decisions we take today will make tomorrow easier, said Johan Roswall, Sales Executive at Green Cargo.

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