European Road Freight Transport 2018

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European Road Freight Transport 2018 provides analysis of how the market is changing by assessing cost structures, EU policy, shippers’ requirements and Brexit.

It then takes a deep dive into the potential of digital freight marketplaces and autonomous vehicles and looks at the practical implementation of these technologies by LSPs.

European Road Freight Transport 2018 examines:

  • Market sizing:
    • Data for European domestic and international road freight market
    • 2017 market sizes
    • 5-year CAGR growth rates 2017-2022
  • Brexit and EU Policy:
    • Analysis of the effects deglobalisation trends (Brexit) and EU policy may have for the road freight sector
  • Digital Freight Marketplaces:
    • Analysis of the potential of digital freight marketplaces and autonomous vehicles and their impact on the market and carriers’ margins
  • Interviews with LSP’s:
    • Case studies on the implementation of different technologies among major LSPs supported by interview evidence
  • Road Freight Provider Profiles:
    • Profiles of major road freight providers – including strategies, finances, technologies used and their implementation
  • European Country Profiles:
    • country profiles for each leading European transport and logistics market, including measures of logistics performance, infrastructure quality, volumes, freight rates and market sizing data

What will you discover?

  • How can road freight companies turn the pressures of technology into potential? What approaches are the leading road freight operators taking towards technology?
  • How will digital freight marketplaces affect the road freight market and carriers’ margins in future?
  • What are the current market risks and how to deal with them?
  • How large is the European domestic and international road freight market and how fast is it growing?

This report contains

  • Market sizing
  • Brexit and EU policy
  • Digital freight marketplaces
  • Interviews with LSPs
  • Road freight provider profiles
  • European country profiles

This report contains

  • Market sizing
  • Brexit and EU policy
  • Digital freight marketplaces
  • Interviews with LSPs
  • Road freight provider profiles
  • European country profiles

Exclusive highlights

  • Market pressures are growing for LSPs as new technologies and market entrants challenge existing business models. As shippers’ own implementation of technology increases, large LSPs will need to move quickly to convince their clients that they offer technologically superior solutions.
  • The European road freight market grew by 4.5% in nominal terms in 2017
  • What are the real and potential effects of Brexit for road freight providers?
  • The legislative process of the first EC Mobility Package has hit roadblocks.

Exclusive highlights

Comparative Analysis of Leading Road Freight Providers

Comparisons of:


  • Approach to and implementation of technology
  • Approach to Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Financial performance – margins in road freight transport logistics
  • Approach to strategic threats – deglobalisation, shifts in vertical sectors




3.1 Key Findings

3.2 Market Structure  

3.3. Current market risks by Tim Phillips, Director of Duma Consulting and former CEO of Freightex 

3.4 European Road Freight Supply Side Issues and Trends 

3.5 European Road Freight Demand Side Issues and Trends 

3.6 Supply Chain Fragmentation  

3.7 Vehicle Utilisation and Rates of Empty Running  

3.8 Cost Structures 

3.9 Freight Rates 

3.10 The Relative Importance of Domestic and International Road Freight in Europe  

3.11 The Nature of International Road Freight Transport 

3.12 Cabotage  

3.13 Additional Road Freight Data Segmentation  

3.14 Current Shippers’ Focus by Tim Phillips 

3.15 Brexit – Short and Long Term Implications for the UK and European Road Freight Industry by John Manners-Bell, CEO of Transport Intelligence  

3.15.1 Short Term Regulatory Imperatives 

3.15.2 Border Controls and Ensuring Frictionless Trade  

3.15.3 The Role of the Port of Dover 

3.15.4 UK Government Advice  

3.15.5 Brexit viewed from a supply chain perspective by Wolfgang Lehmacher, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum   

3.16 EU Mobility Package: Where Are We Now?  

3.17 Road Transport - The Way Forward by Tim Phillips 


4.1 Key Findings 

4.2 Logistics Innovations: Foreword by Tim Phillips 

4.2.1 Digital Marketplaces in the Road Freight/Trucking Sector 

4.2.2. Autonomous trucks 

4.2.3. Platooning  

4.3 Innovation in Practice DHL Freight DB Schenker DSV Kuehne + Nagel Geodis UPS XPO   

4.4. Conclusion by Tim Phillips 


5.1 Key Findings 

5.2 Road Freight Market (2017) 

5.3 Road Freight Market (2018) 

5.4. Road Freight Market (2022) 

5.5 Top 10 European Road Freight Transport Providers 

5.6 Domestic Road Freight Market (2017) 

5.7 Domestic Road Freight Market (2018) 

5.8 Domestic Road Freight Market (2022) 

5.9 International Road Freight Market (2017) 

5.10 International Road Freight Market (2018) 

5.11 International Road Freight Market (2022) 


6.1. Key Findings 

6.2 Volume of Road Transport Market 

6.3 Largest Domestic Road Freight Markets 

6.4 Largest International Road Freight Markets 

6.5 Top Country-To-Country International Road Freight Trade Lanes (m tkm) 

6.6 European Road Freight Transport: Total Market Trip Distance by Weight Uplifted  

6.7 Profiles of European Countries 

6.7.1 Austria  

6.7.2 Belgium   

6.7.3 Czech Republic 

6.7.4 Denmark  

6.7.5 Finland  

6.7.6 France  

6.7.7 Germany

6.7.8 Greece  

6.7.9 Hungary  

6.7.10 Italy  

6.7.11 Netherlands 

6.7.12 Norway  

6.7.13 Poland  

6.7.14 Portugal

6.7.15 Romania  

6.7.16 Slovakia  

6.7.17 Spain  

6.7.18 Sweden  

6.7.19 Switzerland  

6.7.20 United Kingdom


7.1 Key Findings 

7.2 Dachser 

7.3 DB Schenker 

7.4 DHL Freight 

7.5 DSV  

7.6 GEFCO   

7.7 Kuehne + Nagel

7.8 LKW Walter 

7.9 Rhenus 

7.10 SNCF Logistics (Geodis) 

7.11 FedEx/TNT  

7.12 XPO   



Prof John Manners-Bell is Chief Executive of Ti, Honorary Visiting Professor at the London Metropolitan University’s Guildhall Faculty of Business and Law and an adviser to the World Economic Forum. He has over 25 years’ experience working in and analysing the global logistics sector.


As Head of Research, Nick Bailey is responsible for all of Ti’s research products, including logistics market and vertical sector reports, as well as Ti’s flagship Global Supply Chain Intelligence (GSCi) market intelligence portal. Nick is actively involved in research for these product ranges, as well as in the development of new and existing research capabilities at Ti. Nick also coordinates the efforts of Ti’s team of researchers and analysts, and supports Ti’s consultancy offering for a global client base. Prior to joining Ti in 2013, he spent several successful years working in international trade and foreign direct investment, and has since developed specialisms in e-commerce, the road freight market and emerging market logistics working in Europe, Asia and the Middle East.


Wolfgang Lehmacher is a transformational thought leader and practitioner in the field of supply chain and logistics. Career stages: Director, Head of Supply Chain and Transport Industries at the World Economic Forum, Partner and Managing Director (Greater China and India) at the global strategy firm CVA, President and CEO of GeoPost Intercontinental at French La Poste, Regional Director Eastern Europe and Eastern Mediterranean Regions, and Country General Manager Switzerland at TNT. He is judge Automotive Logistics Awards Europe, member of IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards Jury and the Logistikweisen, a think tank under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry BMVI. Wolfgang is FT, Forbes, Fortune, and BI contributor and author of several books, including The Global Supply Chain.


Tim Phillips until recently was President of  Coyote Logistics Europe (A UPS company). He was responsible for the smooth transition of the Freightex business to the Coyote US technology model and the development and implementation of a European growth plan.  He was CEO of Freightex, where he led it to be one of the early fast-growing technology enabled freight brokerages, before the sale to Coyote in early 2017.

Tim is enthusiastic about the use of technology to improve the logistics sector. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.


Violeta Keckarovska is a research analyst with vast experience in the design, implementation and analysis of electronic and person-to-person surveys. Having worked across a number of sectors, including retail, luxury goods and FMCG, Violeta is experienced in gaining valuable insights across brand perception, voice of customer and strategic re-positioning intelligence campaigns for B-to-B and B-to-C clients.

As a member of the Market Research Society, Violeta brings best practice in research, insight and analytics across Ti.


Andy Ralls is a quantitative analyst at Ti. He graduated from the University of Southampton with a Mathematics with Finance degree in 2014. In his studies, he chose a final year project on actuarial modelling and forecasting and enjoyed modules on statistical distribution theory, financial mathematics and macroeconomics.

Andy has since worked for a top accountancy firm and for a wealth management company. These experiences give him a strong understanding of company accounts and investment products and has given him a wider understanding of the financial sector.


European road freight market motors ahead in 2018, says new report

27th November 2018, Bath, UK: The latest report by Ti finds that the market is experiencing growth rates not seen since 2009. However, there are clouds on the horizon which look set to depress future growth.

A strong performance by the European economy resulted in impressive growth in the road freight sector in 2017, according to Ti’s latest report, European Road Freight Transport. The growth rate of 4.5% was its fastest in real terms since at least 2009. What is more, the momentum carried on into 2018 with a growth rate of 5.8% expected for the full year and volumes set to increase by 3.5%. Both the domestic and international road freight sectors benefited from the robust economic conditions powered, in particular, by manufacturing production.

However, there are clouds on the horizon. Prices have increased at a faster rate in the road freight market than in previous years. After global oil prices recovered from their slump in 2015/16, average diesel prices increased by approximately 9.0% in 2017 and were up 6.4% in the first six months of 2018. Tightening labour markets and capacity, increasing tolls and moderate, yet sustained inflationary pressures are also contributing to an increase in road freight rates.

Looking ahead, the recent rate of growth is unlikely to be replicated and Ti forecasts a real compound annual growth rate of just 2.7% between 2017 and 2022. There are many downside risks to the European economy such as debt levels, unemployment, protectionism and the removal of monetary stimulus. Increasing price inflation driven by diesel prices, labour costs, tolls and vignettes could also suppress demand or force shippers to look at other alternatives such as short sea shipping or rail.

According to the report’s author, Viki Keckarovska, ‘Driver shortages, Brexit, fuel costs, e-commerce logistics requirements and increasing competition from start-ups are key factors in the current risk landscape. Despite the present strength of the market, there are many short and medium term challenges to be navigated by road freight operators.’

Source: Transport Intelligence, November 27th, 2018

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  • All C-level executives

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