More cross-border road transport carried out by CEECs

In 2015, foreign lorries carried more than 40 million tonnes of goods from the Netherlands to other countries, a 5.7 percent growth compared to 2014. New figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Eurostat show that lorries from Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) entirely accounted for the increase.
The overall weight of goods carried by lorries from CEE countries grew by 21 percent, whereas the overall weight of goods carried by lorries from non-CEE countries in fact fell by 4 percent. The share of total international road transport from the Netherlands by foreign hauliers was 42 percent in 2015, versus 32 percent in 2006.

Compared to 2014, the total weight of goods carried by Slovenian (+59%) and Bulgarian (+57%) lorries grew most rapidly. The weight of goods carried by Slovakian lorry drivers declined marginally (-5 percent). In the period 2006-2015 road transport from the Netherlands carried out by lorries registered in CEE countries soared by an average of 177 percent. Polish lorries occupied first place accounting for a 56 percent share of goods transport from the Netherlands in 2015, followed by Czech lorries with a share of 9 percent. Bulgarian and Slovenian lorries accounted for 5 and 2 percent respectively of goods transported by CEE countries.
Total weight of goods carried by road from the Netherlands
 2006201020142015
Total106929595
of which trucks from
Netherlands72555755
CEECs6111518
Other countries27252322

Lorries from CEECs carry fewer goods to their own countries

Proportionally, hauliers from other European countries carry a lot of goods to their home countries, unlike hauliers from CEE countries who carry more goods from the Netherlands to countries outside Central and Eastern Europe. In 2006, 59 percent of goods were destined for the home market; by 2015 this share had been reduced by half.
The share carried by lorries from other European countries remained fairly stable at more than 80 percent during the period 2006-2015.
Share weight carried to home country
 CEECsOther countries
200659.384.2
20075184.3
200847.985.4
20093982.3
201040.883.1
201141.183.5
201240.883
201334.382.2
201436.482.5
201529.982.1

CEE transports mainly to countries around the Netherlands

Nine out of the ten nationalities most often involved in road transport to countries other than their own are from Central and Eastern Europe. Nearly three-quarters of all goods carried by lorries from CEE countries which were loaded in the Netherlands had destinations including Germany, Belgium and France. These countries are also the main destinations for Dutch hauliers (92%). On the other hand, lorries registered in France, Italy and Germany mostly carry goods from the Netherlands to their own country; 7 percent on average had a different destination.
Total weight carried by foreign trucks from the Netherlands to destination, 2015
 Other destinationsTo home country by truck
Bulgaria298
Lithuania1684
Romania1684
Slovakia1981
Luxembourg2179
Estonia2674
Hungary2674
Latvia3070
Poland3367
Slovenia4456
Finland4654
Croatia5347
Portugal5446
Czech Republic5644
Austria6634
Spain6634
Denmark6832
Sweden7327
Belgium7822
Norway7921
Ireland7921
Great Britain7921
Switzerland8119
Germany928
Italy928
France955