(09 October 2014) – In 2012, EU28 inland freight transport was down by 11.7% compared with its level in 2007. Road transport was still by far the dominant freight transport mode.
Between 2007 and 2012, the share of road in total inland freight transport performance decreased in fifteen Member States, increased in eleven and remained stable in two.
In 2012, road transport accounted for less than half of the inland freight transport in Latvia (15.7%), Lithuania (29.6%), Estonia (33.0%), Romania (39.4%) and the Netherlands (47.5%), while it represented over 90% in Cyprus and Malta5 (both 100.0%), Ireland (98.9%), Greece (98.5%) and Spain (94.5%).
Rail transport was in 2012 the main mode for inland freight transport in Latvia (84.3%), Lithuania (70.4%) and Estonia (67.0%), while it accounted for less than 10% in Ireland (1.1%), Greece (1.5%), Spain (5.5%), the Netherlands (6.0%) and Luxembourg (8.8%). Between 2007 and 2012, the share of rail in total inland freight transport decreased in fourteen Member States and increased in twelve.
For inland waterways, the highest proportions were observed in 2012 in the Netherlands (46.5% of the total inland freight transport), Bulgaria (30.5%) and Romania (29.2%).