This is an archived release.
Border transport dominated by foreign lorries
Foreign lorries transported 56 per cent of the goods passing the border by road in 2010. Since 2000, the Norwegian lorries’ share of the border transport has fallen from 51 to 44 per cent. The Swedes have the biggest share among the foreigners, but the Balts have increased the most.
While the total amount of goods carried across the border by road has grown by 42 per cent since 2000, the tonnage carried by Norwegian lorries has only gone up 22 per cent. By comparison, the tonnage carried by Polish lorries has shot up, and was six times more during the same period. The increase for Baltic lorries was much as ten times more. In 2000, Polish lorries had 0.9 per cent of the border transport and Baltic lorries only 0.6. By 2010, these shares had increased to 3.9 and 4.5 per cent respectively.
Norwegian lorries had the weakest growth
A total of 11.9 million tonnes of goods were transported in to or out of Norway by road in 2010. This is 1 million tonnes, or 9.9 per cent, more than in 2009. Norwegian lorries accounted for 5.2 million tonnes of this and had an increase of 6.4 per cent. The other Nordic countries together with Germany, Poland and the Baltic all had a higher percentual growth of tonnage carried across the Norwegian border from 2009 to 2010 than Norway itself.
Swedish share steady
Swedish lorries freighted 28.4 per cent of the total tonnage passing the Norwegian border by road in 2010. The Swedes’ share of the border transport has fallen by 3-4 percentage points since 2000, but has remained steady the last three years.
Lowest registration in fourth quarter
During the fourth quarter of 2010, 3 million tonnes of goods were carried across the Norwegian border by road. This is 8.3 per cent more than in the corresponding quarter of 2009. The transport by Norwegian lorries went up 4.2 per cent in the same period. The Norwegian lorries performed 42.5 per cent of the border transport in the fourth quarter 2010. This is the lowest share registered for Norwegian lorries since these statistics were established in 2000.
These figures cover goods transported by lorries passing the national border by road. Import and export by lorry by ferry is not included.