Transportation and harbors
In transport, Icelandic transport companies have utilised their expert knowledge of transporting fish for the Icelandic fisheries sector to strengthen their competitive position in transporting seafood products for foreign entities. According to information from transport companies, mainly in shipping, 2/3rd of their foreign operations is due to transporting seafood goods and their turnover in transporting for foreign entities amounted to ISK 8-9bn in 2010.
It is not easy to estimate how many Icelandic employees are responsible for these tasks as the service provided is much more complicated than one would think at a glance. Service components in these transport activities include unloading, loading into containers or into storage facilities, labelling and re-labelling if necessary, driving the goods to the export port, loading containers on vessels, paperwork (domestic/foreign) and so on. According to information from the transport companies, it is estimated that jobs connected with these activities are approximately 450.