More transport volume in Austrian road freight transport

Carrying trade and works transport increased; Growth mainly in domestic traffic on routes up to 80 kilometres

More transport volume in Austrian road freight transport

In the 2017 reporting year, Austrian companies generated 29.3 million loaded transports of 386.9 million tonnes in road freight transport, an increase of 2.8 per cent (10.5 million tonnes) compared to the previous year. The transport performance increased by 1.7 per cent in Germany with a total of 18.4 billion tonne-kilometres. Abroad, however, it fell by 5.8 per cent to 7.6 billion tonne-kilometres. Statistik Austria announced these figures in a press release on 29 May 2018.

The transport volume of the haulage companies amounted to 212.2 million tonnes in 2017, which corresponded to an increase of 2.2 per cent or 4.5 million tonnes compared to the previous year. In works transport, with shipments of 174.7 million tonnes, 3.6 per cent which corresponds to 6.0 million tonnes more were transported. Thus, 54.8 per cent of the total tonnage of the 2017 reporting year was accounted for by the haulage companies and 45.2 per cent by the works transport.

In domestic traffic, the transport volume increased by 2.9 percent or 10.1 million tonnes to 360.3 million tonnes in 2017. Cross-border shipping (10.9 million tonnes) increased by 4.6 per cent year-on-year (+477,000 tonnes). With a total of 2 tonnes, there was a slight decline to 10.725 million tonnes in cross-border reception. Almost the entire transport volume (99 per cent or 383.1 million tonnes) was accounted for freight vehicles registered in Austria in 2017.

With regard to the individual transport sectors, it showed that inland traffic was carried out primarily by Austrian vehicles (93.1 per cent and 360.3 million tonnes respectively), while the share of cross-border reception provided by domestic vehicles (2.98 per cent or 10.7 million tonnes) and shipping (3.02 per cent and 10.9 million tonnes, respectively) was significantly lower.

In terms of domestic transport services, the proportion of Austrian freight vehicles rose by 1.7 per cent in 2017 to 18.4 billion tonne-kilometres. At 5.8 per cent (-468 million tkm), transport services abroad recorded a year-on-year decline.

With a share of 53.5 per cent (207.1 million tons) of the total volume of all transported goods, the goods group “stones, soils and building materials” was the most important as in previous years. Also goods belonging to the groups “vehicles, machinery, other semi-finished and finished goods and special transport goods” (20.1 per cent or 77.6 million tonnes) and “agricultural and forestry products and live animals” (11.6 per cent or 45.0 million tonnes) were frequently transported. The “other food and feed” goods group accounted for 7.2 per cent in 2017, with 27.8 million tons, and the transport volume of “crude oil, petroleum products” recorded a figure of 10.5 million tons (2.7 per cent).