Friday, August 28, 2009

UK to Europe Freight Traffic Down

DfT’s figures show below average quarter
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Department for Transport (DfT) released figures today that show that freight traffic between the UK and Europe is significantly down in comparison to last year.

In the second quarter of 2009 the total number of goods vehicles travelling from Great Britain to mainland Europe was 590,000, a decrease of 19 percent on the same quarter in 2008. Of these, 442,000 were powered vehicles, which are down 18 percent from a year ago, whilst 148,000 were unaccompanied trailers, down some 22 percent.

The figures mean that the second quarter average was low when compared to the last years numbers. For the year ending this July, almost 2.5 million freight vehicles travelled from the UK to Europe, down 14 percent on the previous year.

However, with the European economies now officially out of recession and the summer season traditionally a quiet time for this traffic the next quarter’s figures should hold more promise.