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The Finnish Transit Transport Association aims to improve the competitiveness of the Finnish route

The Finnish Transit Transport Association (Suomen Transitoliikenneyhdistys ry) was established in September 2018 to support and improve the growth, competitiveness and operational conditions of Finnish transit transport activities.

The list of members of the association includes various parties in the logistics sector, such as ports, port operators and transport companies.

Transit transport is expected to grow remarkably in the coming years.

The development of the operational conditions of transit transport requires significant effort and investments in the transport infrastructure. The most important ways of developing the competitiveness of the Finnish route include investing in the infrastructure of the railway system and making the rules concerning maritime traffic more flexible.

The Chairman of the Board of the Finnish Transit Transport Association is the Managing Director of Oy M. Rauanheimo Ab, Joakim LaxÄback. Other members of the board include: Martti Koskinen, the Director of VR Transpoint; Tomi Rautio, Senior Vice President of Steveco Oy; Merja Porkka, Terminal Manager of Oiltanking Finland, Larisa Lisitsyn, CEO of Fertilog Group; and Markku Koskinen, Director of Traffic Operations of Port of HaminaKotka Ltd.

Transit transport in brief:

Transit transport in Finland refers to traffic with a destination in a country other than Finland.

Transit transport goods not imported to the transit country, they are not cleared by the customs officials of the transit country and they are not recognized as foreign trade.

The majority of transit transport goods passing through Finland are either from Russia or on their way to Russia.

Transit transport traffic in Finland includes two major transport routes, to the west and to the east.

Western transit transport, also known as export transit transport, consists of goods delivered primarily by rail from Russia to the ports of Finland and shipped to the destination countries. The majority of transported goods is unprocessed and has a low value, which is why rail transport is particularly suitable for the purposes of western transit transport. Road transport plays only a small role in western transit transport.

There are approximately 50 ports in Finland that process shipments abroad. The most important ports for transit transport are HaminaKotka, Hako, Helsinki, Kokkola, Oulu and Raahe.

Eastern transit transport, also known as import transit transport, consists of goods delivered to the ports of Finland and, primarily as road transport, to Russia. The transported goods can be unloaded and reloaded according to the preferences of clients in the customs warehouses located in Finland.

Finland has traditionally held a strong position in managing transit transport from and to Russia. Many of our ports are located close to large market areas, the safety and efficiency of transport operations can be guaranteed under all circumstances and the Finnish route has maintained its competitive pricing.

The direct impact of transit transport operations on the Finnish economy is remarkable and it creates a lot of jobs in several areas around the ports.

Source: SPC Finland transit transport report