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Road Freight Transport Survey

Quarter 3 2020

Road freight activity, Quarter 3 2018-2020
 Q3 2018Q3 2019Q3 2020% change Q3 2019-2020
Tonne-km (million)2,9493,2773,110-5.1%
Tonnes carried (thousand)40,98342,06139,771-5.4%
Vehicle kilometres (million)423454401-11.7%
Laden journeys (thousand)3,5013,7113,306-10.9%

Road freight tonnage decreased by 5.4% in Quarter 3 2020

Figure 1: Goods transported by road, Quarter 3 2018-2020
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  • In the third quarter of 2020, a total of 39.8 million tonnes of goods was transported by road. This represents a decrease of 5.4% when compared with the same period in 2019. See table 1.
  • Activity measured as weight by distance (tonne-kilometres) fell by 5.1% to 3,110 million tonne-kilometres in the third quarter of 2020 when compared with the same quarter in 2019.
  • The total distance covered by road freight transport in the third quarter was 401 million kilometres.
  • The commodity group 'Quarry products, metal ores and peat' represented 27.7% of all tonnes carried. See table 2.