Poland has consolidated its position as Europe’s leading international road haulage nation, according to the latest annual figures published by France’s road freight data agency, the Comité National Routier (CNR).
According to figures published this week, Polish trucking firms clocked up 154,303 million tonne kilometres of international traffic movements in the most recent year where figures are available, 2014, up 4.8% on the previous year. Polish hauliers alone now carry one-quarter of international road freight in the EU and account for 28% of the cabotage market.
Second behind Poland was Spain (+3.1%) followed by Germany (-3.9%). UK hauliers were ranked in 19th place in a table of the 28 EU Member States (excluding Malta) plus Switzerland, with UK hauliers’ international traffic declining by 8.3% in 2014.
Of the top 10-ranked countries for international traffic, Romania (+6.9%), Lithuania (+6.3%) and Hungary (+4.9%) posted the highest growth, compared with 2013.
Total international road freight traffic growth across the EU was limited to 0.9% in 2014 compared to 6.1% for the previous 12 months, marking down 2014 as a year of stagnation.