One in three kms is driven with an empty load
Norwegian lorries transported 116.6 million tonnes of goods domestically and abroad in the first half of 2017. About 30 per cent of the mileage in Norway was empty driving, i.e. driving with no load on the lorry.
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Norwegian-registered lorries transported 114.1 million tonnes of freight in Norway; 6.0 per cent less than the same period in 2016. The transport performance was 8.9 billion tonne-kilometres, which is 3.2 per cent less than in the same period the year before.
Almost 30 per cent without a load
The total vehicle-kilometres driven in Norway was 0.9 billion, and 86.5 million kilometres abroad in the first half year. Almost 30 per cent of the mileage in Norway was empty driving, i.e. driving without a load. This is about the same percentage as in the first half of 2016. Since the composition of goods on foreign trips normally differs from that on domestic trips, the share driven without a load is markedly lower on foreign trips. In the first half of 2017, it was just over 20 per cent.
Figure 1. National transports. Vehicle kilometres by Norwegian lorries
|Unloaded vehicle-kilometres||Vehicle kilometres with load|
|2nd quarter 2008||130.4||342.2|
|2nd quarter 2009||114.4||284.4|
|2nd quarter 2010||123.6||331.1|
|2nd quarter 2011||112.0||317.0|
|2nd quarter 2012||131.1||351.6|
|2nd quarter 2013||129.1||372.4|
|2nd quarter 2014||144.5||379.1|
|2nd quarter 2015||133.8||369.3|
|2nd quarter 2016||127.3||333.9|
|2nd quarter 2017||122.2||320.2|
Mass transport over short distances
Mass transport amounted to 65.7 million tonnes of the freight transported in Norway, or 57.6 per cent of all lorry transport in the first half of 2017. Measured in tonne-kilometres, the proportion was 25.0 per cent, which indicates that mass transport is largely carried out locally over shorter distances. In terms of tonne-kilometres, the transport of general cargo and other processed goods is greatest, with a share of 29.9 per cent.
Figure 2. National transport tonnage carried by commodity. 2nd quarter 2017
|Tonnage carried (mill.tonnes)|
|Agricultural products, forestry products, fishing products 11.0%||6.2|
|Food products, beverages, tobaco and animal fodder 7.4%||4.2|
|Coal, oil and chemicals and chemical products (incl. fertilizer) 9.7%||5.5|
|Metal ores, stone, sand, gravel, clay, salt, cement, lime, manufactured construction materials 58.5%||33.1|
|Other manufactured goods, grouped goods and other goods 13.4%||7.6|
Figure 3. National transport performance by commodity. 2rd quarter 2016
|Transport performance (million tonne kilometres)|
|Agricultural products, forestry products, fishing products 14.5%||638.8|
|Food products, beverages, tobaco and animal fodder 18.8%||830.5|
|Coal, oil and chemicals and chemical products (incl. fertilizer) 10.7%||472.7|
|Metal ores, stone, sand, gravel, clay, salt, cement, lime, manufactured construction materials 26.2%||1154.3|
|Other manufactured goods, grouped goods and other goods 29.8%||1316.7|
Less lorry transport in the 2nd quarter
The total transport performance of Norwegian lorries was 5.2 billion tonne kilometres for domestic and import operations in the 2nd quarter of 2017; 4.2 per cent less than in the same quarter in 2016. Transport volume decreased by 9.3 per cent in the same period. In national transport with Norwegian lorries, transport performance decreased by 3.9 per cent compared with the 2nd quarter of 2016. Transported tonnage carried also decreased by 9.2 per cent in the same period. This may be a result of Easter being in April this year and in March last year.
¹ Målt i tonnkilometer. ² Inkluderer ikke transport fra norsk kontinentalsokkel.