Published: 6 June 2012

Volume of goods transported by lorries decreased in 2011

A total of 313 million tonnes of goods were transported by lorries in domestic road transport in 2011. Compared with 2010, the volume of transported goods decreased by 13 per cent. The total transport volume of lorries amounted to 23,770 million tonne-kilometres, which is 6 per cent down on 2010. Professional or licensed transport accounted for 82 per cent of the total volume of goods and for 92 per cent of the transport volume. These data derive from the statistics on goods transport by road compiled by Statistics Finland.

Volume of goods transported by lorries in domestic transport by quarter

Volume of goods transported by lorries in domestic transport by quarter

As of the beginning of 2011, the statistics on goods transport by road have been compiled by a revised method in respect of both domestic and international transport. The data concerning domestic transport for the years 2001 to 2010 have been recalculated with the new method and they are available in Finnish at: http://pxnet2.stat.fi/PXWeb/pxweb/fi/StatFin/StatFin__Lii__kttav/?tablelist=true. The data are not comparable with previously released data calculated with the old method. Measured in tonnes, the most transported type of goods was soil materials, amounting to 126 million tonnes, or 40 per cent of the total volume of goods. Despite the large volume of tonnes, transport of soil materials made up only 10 per cent of the tonne-kilometres, because the average transport journey for soil materials is short. The second most transported goods were saw timber and pulpwood, making up around 7 per cent of the tonnes and 10 per cent of the tonne-kilometres. The average transport journey for all types of goods was 59 kilometres in 2011. The average length of empty journeys was 38 kilometres. In laden journeys, the average length of transport journey was 16 kilometres for soil materials and 97 kilometres for saw timber and pulpwood.

A total of 5.2 million tonnes of goods were transported by Finnish lorries in international road transport in 2011. The transport volume was 3,146 million tonne-kilometres. The data are not comparable with previously released data calculated with the old method. It should be noted that the statistics on goods transport by road always monitor the transport performance of a truck tractor selected to the survey during the survey period. The truck tractor selected to the sample may have several different trailers during the survey period. Therefore, if trailers are hauled to a harbour from which they continue in sea transport without the truck tractor, the monitoring of the transport ends there.


Source: Goods Transport by Road 2011, Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mikko Simonaho 09 1734 2789, liikenne.matkailu@stat.fi

Director in charge: Hannele Orjala

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Updated 6.6.2012

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Goods transport by road [e-publication].
ISSN=2342-3617. 2011. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 20.11.2019].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/kttav/2011/kttav_2011_2012-06-06_tie_001_en.html