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Home BUSINESSVolume of goods transported by lorries goes up by 2% in 2014
Fri, 15 May, 2015 12:33:38 AM
FTimes Report, May 15
Annual volume of goods transported by lorries in domestic transport. Source: Goods Transport by Road 2014, Statistics Finland.
Two per cent more goods measured by tonnes were transported by lorries in domestic and international transport in 2014 than in the previous year.
Tonne-kilometres, however, decreased by four per cent, according to Statistics Finland’s data derived from the statistics on goods transport by road. 
In 2014, lorries transported in total 274 million tonnes of goods in domestic transport, which was two per cent more than the year before.
The total length of transport journeys driven was 1.8 billion kilometres, which was seven per cent down from 2013.
The total number of tonne-kilometres was 20 billion, which was three per cent lower than in the year before.
Tonne-kilometre describes the volume of transport and is obtained as a product of the transported volume of goods given in tonnes and the length of the transport journey in kilometres.
Professional or licensed transport accounted for 84 per cent of the tonnes of all transported goods, which was in line with the year before.
The share of licensed transport was 93 per cent of all tonne-kilometres, which was one percentage point less than in the year before.
Examined by type of lorry, six million tonnes more were transported by lorries without trailer in 2014 than in 2013, while the volume of goods transported by semi-trailer combinations went down by two million tonnes.
The tonne volume transported by full trailer combinations was at the same level in both years, that is, the volume of goods transported by lorries was in total four million tonnes bigger in 2014 than in the preceding year.
When examined by type of vehicle, the transport performance decreased both by lorries without trailer and semi-trailer combinations by 0.2 and 0.5 billion tonne-kilometres, respectively, the data show.
The transport performance of full trailer combinations was on level with the previous year. Thus, the transport performance of all lorries was 0.7 billion tonne-kilometres lower in 2014 than one year earlier.
In 2014, lorries with a total weight of over 53 tonnes transported 135 million tonnes of goods, which was 49 per cent of the total volume of goods transported. The share decreased by one percentage point from the year before.
Measured by tonnes, 74 per cent of all goods were transported on journeys of at most 100 kilometres in 2014. The share grew by a few percentage points compared to the previous year.
Measured by type of goods, 96 million kilometres of gravel and other soil materials was transported, which was five per cent of all kilometres.
In 2014, lorries transported 6.2 million tonnes of goods in international transport, which was 20 per cent more than one year before. The transport performance totalled 3.1 million tonne-kilometres, which was ten per cent lower than in 2013.
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