Focus on logistics optimisation

Logistics optimisation enables us to minimise emissions caused by transportation.


​Responsible logistics planning and optimisation

The transportation of raw materials and finished products places a stress on the environment. The impacts can be reduced through optimised routing and by favouring rail and sea transportation and low-emission fuels. 

Each year our mills receive several million tonnes of raw materials, additives and operational supplies. Delivering end products to customers also results in a high traffic volume. Furthermore, solid waste needs to be transported to recovery and disposal facilities. In total, UPM delivers approximately 1.1 million truckloads  of products and raw materials around the world every year; that is, one load every 28 seconds. 

UPM uses road, rail or sea transport – depending on distance, connection and delivery time. Of all our deliveries, 64% are transported by rail and road and 36% by sea (2018). 

The majority of UPM’s haulage is handled by contract partners who are required to comply with UPM’s Cargo Handling Manual which includes instructions for cargo handling, storage, transportation and occupational health and safety.

Logistics offer job opportunities in rural areas

In addition to wood sourcing, transportation and logistics have a significant socio-economic impact on rural areas around the UPM mill sites.

The total external workforce includes 6,353 harvester drivers, 5,306 truck drivers and 398 railroad workers (2018). This means hundreds of  entrepreneurs and companies locally. Looking at UPM global scale, this – together with purchases from the forest owners – results in significant support for local livelihoods in rural Europe, USA and Uruguay.


Make the right choices along the way


Long-term co-operation between UPM and Steveco supports sawn timber deliveries