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Germany is the world’s 4th largest economy and is strategically located at the heart of Europe. The availability of safe, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable transport solutions is key to keep the economic powerhouse running. Germany has approximately 250,000 km of roads and is heavily dependent on road freight transport. Nearly 73% of all commodities to and from Germany are moved through road freight solutions. 

Organizations are looking within their supply chains and towards their transport partners to unlock value and leave capacity when the economy shuts up because of, for example, COVID-19. Finding the right transport partner has become more important now than ever before. Check out all facts and figures about transport from and to Germany.

Facts and figures of transport in Germany

As Europe’s logistics center point, all possible ways of transport are integrated. Of road-, rail-, air-, and sea transport, road freight transport is the most significant of transport in Germany nowadays. The freight and logistics market are developing; a growth of 2% is expected from 2020 to 2025.

The expected growth is owed to the growth in the E-Commerce market. From 2018 till 2019, this market grew by 11.6%. The E-Commerce market of Germany is the largest in Europe. One of three online buyers orders several times per week on the internet. 

There are several important industrial areas within the freight and logistics market. These industrial areas are in the surroundings of Ruhr region, Leipzig and Halle, Dresden and Chemnitz, Hanover, Frankfurt, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, Cottbus, and Stuttgart.

Trends and developments

Several trends and developments are going on in the freight and logistics market in Germany. In this blog, we will discuss three of them.

  1. A competitive landscape
    The freight and logistics market are highly competitive. Within the market, there are several major players. With online platforms, it makes it easier to connects retailers and transport companies.
  2. Cross-border road transport
    As mentioned before, road transport is the most significant way of transporting goods. In addition to a growth in the German market, the export market of Germany is also growing. In January 2021, Germany exported 1.4% more than in December 2020. Germany exports products through whole Europe.
  3. End users of road transport
    The end-users of freight transport are mostly in the industries of automotive, oil and gas, healthcare and pharma, retail, and e-commerce. A change comparing with the past, when the biggest industries of Germany were coal and steel. 

Government regulations regarding transport

Germany has two important road transport regulations that you need to keep in mind.  

  1. Driving prohibition scheme
    On Sundays and on Holidays applies on the entire German road network a prohibition scheme from 12 a.m. till 10 p.m. for trucks with a trailer with a weight of more than 7.5 tons. There are some exceptions, for example, fresh products.
  2. LKW-Maut
    Transporting via road in Germany, you are paying LKW-Maut. Maut is a form of toll and is paid for vehicles with a mass of 7.5 tons or more. The toll needs to be paid for vehicles that are using the highways in Germany.
    The rates of the Maut are depending on four aspects of the vehicle: the number of axles, the weight of the vehicle, emissions class, and the length of the journey.

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