More goods transported by Dutch lorries in 2018

© CBS / Nikki van Toorn
In 2018, Dutch lorries carried a total of 680 million tonnes of goods. This is 2.1 percent more than in the previous year. Both national and international transport to and from the Netherlands by Dutch road hauliers increased last year. This is reported by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) on the basis of new figures on road haulage.

Total weight transported within the Netherlands rose by 2.6 percent to 548 million tonnes. Domestic transport accounts for 81 percent of total weight carried by Dutch road hauliers.

Weight of goods carried by Dutch hauliers
jaarDomestic transport (year-on-year % change)Cross-border transport to and from the Netherlands (year-on-year % change)

More goods transported across the border

In 2018, Dutch lorries carried nearly 106 tonnes of cargo in and out of the country, 1.5 percent more than in 2017. This growth was fully achieved as a result of outbound transportation (up by 3.7 percent). Weight transported into the Netherlands was 1 percent down on the previous year.

Weight transported by road from the Netherlands by destination, 2018
bestemmingweight transported (%)
United Kingdom2.6
Other countries1.3

Largest share destined for Germany and Belgium

Of all cargo transported over the border, over 83 percent had the neighbouring countries of Germany and Belgium as their destination. This share increased slightly between 2013 and 2018. In 2018, weight transported to Germany was 3.2 percent up on the previous year; to Belgium it was 5.4 percent up. Weight carried to the United Kingdom - the fourth largest destination of Dutch lorries after France - was 4.8 percent down.

Weight of goods transported by Dutch hauliers
jaarCommercial haulage (million tonnes)Private transport (million tonnes)

Commercial road haulage risen more steeply

Last year, total weight transported by commercial road hauliers rose by 2.4 percent. Weight carried in private transport was up by 1 percent. As a result, the share of weight carried by commercial road hauliers increased to nearly 81 percent of total weight transported by Dutch lorries.

Mainly more construction goods transported

In 2018, transport of construction goods was up in particular. Transport of sand, gravel, building materials and other construction-related goods was 6.8 percent up relative to 2017. In addition, transport of agricultural products and mixed cargo in particular contributed to the increase in road haulage.