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Container Traffic Handled at the Main Ports Around the Strait of Oresund
The Baltic Sea is accessible through the Strait of Oresund, which gives opportunities for transshipment due to the limited container volumes involved. This role is mainly assumed by Hamburg and Bremerhaven, which are usually the last ports of call for deep-sea services towards Europe. However, their volumes have stabilized in recent years. St. Petersburg is Russia's most important port, but trade sanctions imposed from 2013 have been associated with a notable decline in traffic. Gdansk emerged as a gateway to Eastern Europe as well as a transshipment hub servicing the Baltic, but again, volumes have been stabilizing. Gothenburg is in a similar situation for Sweden and handles limited transshipment volumes. Other ports in the Baltic are small feeders since there are few direct services out of the Baltic.