More trips to and from the UK by Dutch lorries

In 2017, European lorries drove in and out of the United Kingdom almost 3.5 million times. 237 thousand such journeys were made by Dutch lorries, an increase of 1.8 percent on 2016. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

Last year, foreign lorries made fewer journeys carrying goods to and from the United Kingdom; the decline was 4.3 percent relative to 2016. In number of journeys, Dutch lorries were in fourth position after British, Polish and Irish lorries.

Loaded lorry journeys to and from the UK, per transporting country, 2017 (%)
 share
United Kingdom29.4
Poland19
Ireland10.2
Netherlands6.8
Romania6.3
Spain4.8
Lithuania3.7
Hungary3.6
Germany3.4
Bulgaria2.4
Belgium1.7
Slovakia1.7
Portugal1.3
France1.3
Czech Republic1.3
Slovania0.8
Latvia0.7
Italy0.6
Croatia0.3
other countries0.7
Source: CBS, Eurostat


The increase in the number of loaded journeys by Dutch lorries was entirely on account of trips between the UK and third countries (other countries outside the Netherlands). In 2017, the number of lorry journeys to and from the Netherlands decreased by 1.4 percent.

Most trips out of the UK to Ireland

In 2017, Ireland was the main destination for European road haulage out of the United Kingdom, occupying a share exceeding 26 percent. On the European continent, France and Germany were the main destinations with percentage shares of almost 17 and over 13, respectively. The Netherlands was the fourth largest destination for European road goods transport from the United Kingdom.

Loaded lorry journeys to and from the UK, by country of destination, 2017 (%)
 share
Ireland26.3
France16.8
Germany13.1
Netherlands10.5
Belgium10.5
Poland7.3
Spain5
Italy3.6
Switzerland1
Czech Republic0.9
other countries5.1
Source: CBS, Eurostat

CEE countries

Lorries from Central and Eastern European countries (CEECs) increasingly transport goods to and from the United Kingdom. Between 2008 and 2017, their share in total transported weight doubled from 22 to 44 percent. Out of every 10 loaded journeys to and from the United Kingdom in 2017, 4 were made by lorries from Central or Eastern Europe.

Bilateral transport

Almost two-thirds of cross-border road transport by European lorries to and from the UK is bilateral transport, i.e. to and from the countries themselves. The share of bilateral transport in total weight transported by Dutch lorries was higher than average at 70 percent. By contrast, lorries from Central and Eastern Europe perform more international journeys (to and from third countries). Of all goods which were loaded and unloaded in the UK by lorries from CEECs last year, 29 percent had the country itself as origin or destination.

Transported weight to and from the UK, by transporting country (%)
 Third countriesBilateral
Romania93.56.5
Bulgaria92.17.9
Latvia91.98.1
Lithuania89.410.6
Denmark83.916.1
Croatia79.520.5
Slovenia78.321.7
Hungary77.722.3
Slovakia66.933.1
Luxembourg56.343.7
Poland55.844.2
Austria54.645.4
Portugal53.146.9
Italy36.763.3
Czech Republic3664
Switserland33.666.4
Estonia33.366.7
Germany28.171.9
Belgium24.575.5
Netherlands24.275.8
Spain13.586.5
France9.390.7
Ireland7.192.9
Greece6.693.4
Sweden0100
Norway0100
Cyprus0100
Source: CBS, Eurostat

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