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Road Freight Transport Survey

Quarter 2 2021

Road freight activity, Quarter 2 2019-2021
 Q2 2019Q2 2020Q2 2021% change Q2 2020-2021
Tonne-km (million)3,1362,4063,23934.6%
Tonnes carried (thousand)42,78230,03440,14133.7%
Vehicle kilometres (million)45030542840.3%
Laden journeys (thousand)3,9662,4033,20333.3%

Road freight tonnage increased by 33.7% in Quarter 2 2021

Figure 1: Goods transported by road, Quarter 2 2019-2021
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In the second quarter of 2020, a total of 40.1 million tonnes of goods was transported by road. This represents an increase of 33.7% when compared with the same period in 2020 and a decrease of 6.1% when compared with the same period in 2019. Road Freight activity may have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions, which were in place in Ireland in Q2 2020 and were re-imposed at the beginning of 2021. See table 1.

The results also show:

  • Activity measured as weight by distance (tonne-kilometres) increased by 34.6% to 3,239 million tonne-kilometres in the second quarter of 2021 when compared with the same quarter in 2020. See table 1.
  • The total distance covered by road freight transport in the second quarter was 428 million kilometres.
  • The commodity group 'Quarry products, metal ores and peat' represented nearly a quarter (29.1%) of all tonnes carried. This was the largest share among the categories of commodity groups in the survey. The commodity group 'Foodstuffs' represented 15.3% of all tonnes carried. See table 2.