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Road Freight Transport Survey

Quarter 4 and Year 2019

Road freight activity, 2018-2019
 Quarter Annual
 Q4 20181Q4 2019% change 201812019% change
Tonne-km (million)2,7103,100+14.4% 11,53712,403+7.5%
Tonnes carried (thousand)33,13837,992+14.6% 150,036159,414+6.3%
Vehicle kilometres (million)371412+11.1% 1,5991,734+8.4%
Laden journeys (thousand)3,0983,315+7.0% 13,36014,480+8.4%
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Road freight tonnage increased by 6.3% in 2019

Figure 1: Tonnage of goods transported by road, 2017-2019
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In 2019, a total of 159.4 million tonnes of goods was transported by road. This represents an increase of 6.3% on the 2018 total. Activity measured as weight by distance was 12,403 tonne-kilometres in 2019, a rise of 7.5% compared with 2018. See table1B.

The results also show that:

  • The total distance covered by road freight transport in 2019 was 1.7 billion kilometres. See table 1B.
  • The commodity group “Quarry products, metal ores and peat” represented 26.4% of all tonnes carried in 2019. See table 2.
  • In the fourth quarter of 2019, a total of 38.0 million tonnes of goods was transported by road. This represents an increase of 14.6% when compared with the same period in 2018. See table 1A.
  • Activity rose by 14.4% to 3,100 million tonne-kilometres in the fourth quarter of 2019 when compared with the same quarter in 2018.
  • There were an estimated 128,434 Irish registered goods vehicles (greater than 2 tonnes unladen weight) operating in Ireland and abroad in 2019, which was 8.8% higher than in the same period in 2018. See table 7.