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Sharp decline recorded in domestic and international HGV traffic in Germany

The German Federal Office for Logistics and Mobility (BALM) has released figures for both March and the entire first quarter of 2024, and the news for HGV traffic on German roads is not good.

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Compared to the same period last year, mileage by trucks exceeding 7.5 tonnes on Germany’s toll road network fell by a significant 10.9% in March. Both domestic and foreign hauliers felt this decline. German companies saw a drop of 11.8%, while foreign trucks collectively saw a decrease of 9.8%.

Polish trucks, a major player on German roads, were particularly affected, with mileage down 9.9% to around 640.5 million kilometres in March 2024 compared to March 2023. Interestingly, Lithuanian hauliers, who had been steadily increasing their activity despite the overall decline, also saw a minimal decrease of 0.9% in March, covering roughly 123 million kilometres.

The first quarter of 2024 paints a similar picture. Overall truck traffic in Germany dipped by 3.1% to approximately 9.8 billion kilometres, compared to 10.1 billion kilometres in the first quarter of 2023. German trucks themselves saw a 3.8% decline, while Polish trucks travelled 1.9% fewer kilometres. However, it’s worth noting that Polish trucks still hold a slightly larger share of total mileage for the period January-March 2024 (19.3%) compared to the same period in 2023 (19.1%).

Lithuania, on the other hand, bucked the trend in the first quarter. Their truck traffic on German roads grew by 6.1%, and their market share also increased, rising from 3.4% in the first three months of 2023 to 3.7% in the same period this year. Conversely, German trucks saw their market share dip slightly, from 56.5% in Q1 2023 to 56% in 2024.