How much does the toll extension in Germany really cost?
Until now, carriers could only speculate about the increase in costs associated with toll extension in Germany. The German international forwarding union has made an analysis two months after the introduction of fees on all federal roads. Its results show that local transport is the most affected by the regulation.
A few weeks before the extension of tolls to another 40 thousand kilometers of roads in Germany, local transport organizations warned that the costs of transport services would increase as a result. AMÖ (Federal Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association), BGL (Federal Transport and Logistics Association), DSVL (German Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association), BWVL (Federal Trade Union, Transport and Logistics) and BIEK (Federal Union of Courier Industry) in a joint declaration estimated then that the costs of the transport and logistics industry would increase in relation to the planned changes by approximately 2 billion euros per year.
In turn, ELVIS – an international platform for transport cooperation – calculated that the costs of transport companies will increase by an average of 2.5 percent in domestic transport and 3.6 percent in regional transport carried out with 12-ton trucks. About 3.9 percent. regional transport costs for heavier vehicles will rise.
Costs much higher than expected
Two months after the introduction of toll on all federal roads, the time has come to confront forecasts with reality. The analysis of the increase in costs was carried out by ELVIS.
Its results show that the local transport was most affected by the introduction of tolls on all federal roads. In the case of transport within a radius of 25 km, it is an 87 percent increase in costs! The cost of deliveries within a radius of 100 km is 26 percent higher. It is only when transporting a distance of 500 km you can speak about a slight increase in costs – at the level of 5 percent.
Large differences between regions
Until now, the German estimates were based on averaged values from all over the country. However, ELVIS points out that the share of national, federal and motorway roads is different in each region. Consequently, the additional costs associated with the extension of tolls in each of the states is shaped differently.
For example, the cost of transport from Bremen to Berlin will increase by only 1 percent. On the other hand, the carrier will pay 25 percent more for the route from Saar to Baden-Württemberg than before July this year.
These partly drastic differences have even surprised us,” admits Daniel Markus, head of ELVIS Consulting.
Soon, the union will present an analysis of the increase in costs for which carriers must prepare in 2019. In January next year, toll rates will increase.