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Freight Modal Split

The report provides a statistical overview of trends in freight transport concentrating on growth in different modes of freight transport, modal split for freight, average length of haul, and commodities transported. Where possible an attempt has been made to cover both domestic and international freight movements. Trends in freight transport are analysed for two major geographical regions - Europe (including Central Europe), and the North American Free Trade (NAFTA) region which includes Canada, Mexico and USA. In addition some data is presented for Australia and 2 Asian countries - China and Japan. The analysis is shown with both tables and graphs as far as possible using consistent data categories, although countries and regions differ in the terminology and definitions used to describe freight transport. The report provides a description of the factors influencing modal split such as cost, speed, timeliness, reliability, and flexibility as well as historical factors such as past investments in infrastructure, technology, regulation, economic development and structural change. The report gives an overview of future developments in freight transport as the result of changing patterns of economic development, technology, and physical constraints.

Information sheet

  • Date: 2004
  • Author(s): Comité technique 19 Transport de marchandises / Technical Committee 19 Freight Transport
  • Domain(s): Freight Transport
  • Type: Bilingual English-French, published in July 2005
  • PIARC Ref.: 19.02.BEN
  • ISBN: 2-84060-179-6
  • Number of pages: 144