Finland enjoys an advantageous geographical position. Bordering Norway to the north, Russia to the south and east, and Sweden to the west, the country has been able to support stable cargo flows between Europe and Russia. The Port of HaminaKotka, regarded as a major transit point, also provides a direct link to European countries.
Finnish businesspeople greatly appreciate working with business partners who speak Finnish and are based locally. Therefore, AsstrA’s Finish office was opened in August 2020 to strengthen contacts with local companies. The Kotka office’s expert team stands ready to advise every customer and offer customized solutions – all in the Finnish language.
For Finnish companies, we have developed a range of logistics services which include integrated solutions for project logistics, special and oversized cargo transport, and turnkey deliveries by sea and road within the Nordic countries. For companies opting for sea transport solutions, we also offer bonded warehousing services in the Port of HaminaKotka as well as port handling, bulk storage, and container filling services.
Our Finnish transport routes pass through a dozen cities and are tailored according to the transport time requirements, cargo characteristics, and the selected transport mode. A popular destination for Finnish shippers is Russia. Shipments to this neighboring country are made by road, sea, air and rail. For exports to Sweden and Estonia, maritime schemes with departures from the ports of Turku, Hanko or Helsinki (Vuosaari) are typically chosen.
Finnish companies often select routes via Sweden when shipments involve destinations in Norway, Denmark, or Germany. In turn, Swedish and Norwegian exporters often rely on Finnish transportation providers and routes through Finnish ports and border crossings when exporting to Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, or Russia.
"Our team develops 3 route options for each transport request we receive from a client. That’s a big advantage, as customers can select the option that best fits their specific requirements. This goes beyond just 'freight forwarding' in the traditional sense. We seek to understand the 'inner kitchen' of a local business, provide customized quotes, and give customers ideas for optimizing their logistics processes,” comments Risto Eskelinen, Project Manager at Asstra Industrial Project Logistics.