Goods transport; modes and flows of transport to and from the Netherlands

Goods transport; modes and flows of transport to and from the Netherlands

Transport modes Periods Total goods transport (x mln ton) Domestic goods transport (x mln ton) Cross-border goods transport Total (x mln ton) Cross-border goods transport Incoming goods transport (x mln ton) Cross-border goods transport Outgoing goods transport (x mln ton)
Total all transport modes 2010 1,717 634 1,083 575 507
Total all transport modes 2011 1,693 633 1,060 571 489
Total all transport modes 2012 1,696 607 1,089 575 514
Total all transport modes 2013* 1,717 619 1,098 571 526
Total all transport modes 2014* 1,745 626 1,118 584 534
Total all transport modes 2015* 1,778 633 1,146 601 545
Total all transport modes 2016* 1,801 654 1,147 599 548
Total all transport modes 2017* 1,830 660 1,170 614 556
Total all transport modes 2018* 1,844 681 1,163 620 543
Total all transport modes 2019* 1,859 694 1,165 624 541
Total all transport modes 2020* 1,798 695 1,103 584 519
Maritime transport 2010 568 . 568 402 166
Maritime transport 2011 533 . 533 385 147
Maritime transport 2012 552 . 552 385 167
Maritime transport 2013* 559 1 557 386 171
Maritime transport 2014* 572 2 570 396 174
Maritime transport 2015* 594 2 592 406 186
Maritime transport 2016* 589 2 587 398 189
Maritime transport 2017* 596 2 594 400 193
Maritime transport 2018* 605 3 602 406 196
Maritime transport 2019* 608 3 604 410 194
Maritime transport 2020* 558 2 555 365 191
Inland shipping 2010 302 103 199 66 133
Inland shipping 2011 306 106 201 66 134
Inland shipping 2012 301 102 200 68 131
Inland shipping 2013* 306 105 201 65 137
Inland shipping 2014* 319 112 206 66 140
Inland shipping 2015* 316 113 202 65 137
Inland shipping 2016* 311 114 197 66 131
Inland shipping 2017* 314 114 200 69 131
Inland shipping 2018* 311 121 190 65 124
Inland shipping 2019* 311 119 192 68 124
Inland shipping 2020* 306 121 185 69 116
Road transport 2010 705 526 179 87 92
Road transport 2011 705 522 183 90 94
Road transport 2012 681 502 179 87 93
Road transport 2013* 690 510 181 86 95
Road transport 2014* 692 509 183 88 96
Road transport 2015* 701 514 187 90 97
Road transport 2016* 730 536 194 94 101
Road transport 2017* 745 542 204 99 105
Road transport 2018* 756 555 201 96 105
Road transport 2019* 767 568 199 95 103
Road transport 2020* 773 569 203 101 103
Rail transport 2010 33 5 29 8 21
Rail transport 2011 37 6 32 8 23
Rail transport 2012 36 3 33 8 24
Rail transport 2013* 37 3 34 8 26
Rail transport 2014* 38 3 35 9 26
Rail transport 2015* 40 3 37 9 27
Rail transport 2016* 40 3 37 10 27
Rail transport 2017* 38 3 35 10 25
Rail transport 2018* 38 3 34 10 25
Rail transport 2019* 38 3 35 9 26
Rail transport 2020* 36 3 33 9 23
Air transport 2010 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2011 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2012 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2013* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2014* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2015* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2016* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2017* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2018* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2019* 2 . 2 1 1
Air transport 2020* 2 . 2 1 1
Pipeline transport cross-border 2010 106 106 13 94
Pipeline transport cross-border 2011 110 110 21 89
Pipeline transport cross-border 2012 124 124 26 98
Pipeline transport cross-border 2013* 123 123 26 97
Pipeline transport cross-border 2014* 123 123 25 98
Pipeline transport cross-border 2015* 126 126 30 96
Pipeline transport cross-border 2016* 129 129 30 99
Pipeline transport cross-border 2017* 135 135 35 100
Pipeline transport cross-border 2018* 133 133 41 92
Pipeline transport cross-border 2019* 134 134 40 94
Pipeline transport cross-border 2020* 125 125 39 86
Source: CBS.
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Table description


This table contains figures on transported loading weight of domestic (national) and cross-border (international) goods transport (excluding transport via the Netherlands). Figures are available for all transport modes (maritime transport, inland shipping, road transport, rail transport, air transport and pipeline transport).

Data available from: 1998

Status of the figures:
All figures up to and including 2012 are definitive, except figures on inland navigation for the years 2007-2009. Data on 2013 up to and including 2020 are of a preliminary nature.

Since data were compiled based on various statistics, in which there may have been slight adjustments, the figures may show minor deviations from the results published previously.

Figures on goods transport on Dutch roads by foreign vehicles are based on Eurostat data. Figures over the 4th quarter of 2020 on foreign road transporters from the United Kingdom have been estimated based on the data over the first three quarters.

Figures on maritime transport up to and including 2010 are based on gross-gross weight. As of 2011, this is gross weight, i.e. excluding the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. containers).

Changes as of 23 December 2021:
Provisional figures over 2020 have been added.

When will new figures be published?
New figures will become available in the third quarter following the end of the previous calendar year.

Description topics

Total goods transport
The total transported loading weight in domestic and cross-border goods transport.

This concerns goods transport with both Dutch and foreign means of transport in relation to the Dutch territory with a loading or unloading place in the Netherlands.

This also includes domestic transport by foreign vehicles (cabotage by foreigners).
Cross-border goods transport does not include transport by Dutch vehicles that takes place entirely abroad (cabotage transport and cross-trade transport).

The loading weight of the transported goods is the gross-gross weight of goods:
The total weight of the goods carried, all packaging, and including the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. (air) containers, swap bodies and pallets for containing goods, as well as road goods vehicles, wagons or barges carried on or in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft).
Domestic goods transport
Goods transport where both the place of loading and the place of unloading are in the Netherlands.

This also includes domestic transport by foreign vehicles (cabotage by foreigners).

The loading weight of the transported goods is the gross-gross weight of goods:
The total weight of the goods carried, all packaging, and including the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. (air) containers, swap bodies and pallets for containing goods, as well as road goods vehicles, wagons or barges carried on or in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft).
Cross-border goods transport
Goods transport between the Netherlands and abroad, where either the place of loading or the place of unloading is outside the Netherlands.

Cross-border goods transport does not include transport by Dutch vehicles that takes place entirely abroad (cabotage transport and cross-trade transport).

The loading weight of the transported goods is the gross-gross weight of goods:
The total weight of the goods carried, all packaging, and including the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. (air) containers, swap bodies and pallets for containing goods, as well as road goods vehicles, wagons or barges carried on or in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft).
Total
Goods transport between the Netherlands and abroad, where either the place of loading or the place of unloading is outside the Netherlands.

Cross-border goods transport does not include transport by Dutch vehicles that takes place entirely abroad (cabotage transport and cross-trade transport).

The loading weight of the transported goods is the gross-gross weight of goods:
The total weight of the goods carried, all packaging, and including the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. (air) containers, swap bodies and pallets for containing goods, as well as road goods vehicles, wagons or barges carried on or in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft).
Incoming goods transport
International goods transport between a foreign place of loading and a Dutch place of unloading.

The loading weight of the transported goods is the gross-gross weight of goods:
The total weight of the goods carried, all packaging, and including the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. (air) containers, swap bodies and pallets for containing goods, as well as road goods vehicles, wagons or barges carried on or in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft).
Outgoing goods transport
International goods transport between a Dutch place of loading and a foreign place of unloading.

The loading weight of the transported goods is the gross-gross weight of goods:
The total weight of the goods carried, all packaging, and including the tare weight of the transport unit (e.g. (air) containers, swap bodies and pallets for containing goods, as well as road goods vehicles, wagons or barges carried on or in the vehicle, vessel or aircraft).