Region Scania - Logisitic Hub serving Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea Region

The importance of Region Scania as a logistic hub is reflected by the cluster of transport nodes, logistic centres and warehouses serving Scandinavia.

The region is the major hub for Swedish import of foodstuff, as well as a distribution centre of the central Baltic hub of motor vehicle trade. The ports and railway terminals are among the largest in Sweden. Their marshalling yard is one of the three major railway nodes, and Helsingborg is the second largest container port in Sweden which also serves as a combi terminal. Malmö’s, Trelleborg’s and Ystad’s dominating port segment is ro/ro transport (for both trailers and rail cars) between Sweden and Denmark / Germany / Poland.

Region Scania has excellent transport opportunities for both rail and road transport northwards and the transport links are included in the suggested TEN-T core network. Both Trelleborg and Malmö are appointed as core nodes. Apart from ferry connections the Öresund fixed link provides fast railway connection with continental Europe. Even though Kastrup Airport is located in Denmark, it can be regarded as part of the logistic cluster serving the region with air freight opportunities.

The future Malmö (source: Copenhagen-Malmö Port)
The future Malmö as envisioned by Copenhagen-Malmö Port

The prospects for a continued strong development of logistic businesses are very good. The recently opened North Harbour in Malmö offers new space for business and a modern multimodal terminal for ro/ro and container handling with railway access. New logistic areas are planned at railway junctions in both northwest and northeast Scania. The opening of a railway tunnel towards Gothenburg (Hallandsås) in 2015 and the Fehmarn fixed link in 2020 will further strengthen the region as logistic hub.

Best practice:

Copenhagen-Malmö Port (CMP) is an excellent example of how a fixed link between two countries can create synergy effects and new cross-border cooperation. The twin ports are located opposite each other about 26 km apart and connected via the Øresund bridge.

Vision 2020 – Malmö (source: Copenhagen-Malmö Port)
Infrastructure of Malmö Area as envisioned by Copenhagen-Malmö Port

Two of Scandinavia’s major railway facilities, marshallingyard and combi terminal, are located at CMP on the Swedish side. Copenhagen Airport (Kastrup) is located near the bridge on the Danish side. Prior to the opening of the bridge in 2000, there was virtually no cooperation between the ports of Copenhagen and Malmö. In 2001 the two ports merged into one and in 2003 one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, Toyota, chose to locate its entire Scandinavian distribution in Malmö. The deciding factor for this was the availability of multimodal transport options (container terminal, railway, and motorway). From the start in 2003 until today, one million cars have passed through CMP.

Facts and Figures

Information about the region
Size of the region
11,027 km²
Number of inhabitants 1
1,252,933 (2011)
GDP per capita 2
31,650 € (2010)
Export 2
9.85 billion € (2010)
Import 2
10.48 billion € (2009)
People employed in the transport / logistics sector 3
21,654 (2006)
Most important hubs and ports
Port of Trelleborg 4
10.8 mio t (ro/ro), 2011)
Port of Helsingborg 4 8.1 mio t (container + ro/ro, 2011)

Port of Malmö 4
8.0 mio t (bulk, ro/ro, vehicles, 2011)

Port of Ystad 4 3.0 mio t (ro/ro), 2011)
Kastrup Airport (Denmark) 312,179 t (2009)

Sources: 1:; 2: +; 3: Godstransportens Utvikling i Øresundregionen, 2006; 4:;




Thomas Ney,
Region Scania