For mining company LKAB, a functioning chain of logistics is crucial. Mines and production facilities are located in Kiruna, Svappavaara and Malmberget. Harbours are located LuleƄ and Narvik.

One challenge is to haul products through the interior to Narvik on the Atlantic coast in Norway, or to LuleƄ, on the Swedish Baltic coast. Weather conditions on the coast can vary considerably from those further inland, which can cause problems, especially in winter, when ice builds up on the gates of the ore cars.