euros plus interest
must be paid by BAG to plaintiffs in toll test case
The Higher Administrative Court of North Rhine-Westphalia (Oberverwaltungsgericht Nordrhein-Westfalen, OVG) in Münster has partially ruled in favour of two Polish hauliers who had filed a lawsuit against the levying of the German truck toll. In 2010 and 2011, this had partially violated EU law, the court found. The capital costs of the motorway sites had been calculated incorrectly when calculating the toll rates.
13 trillion euros missing for a future-proof infrastructure
According to an estimate by the G20, the world’s 20 largest industrialised nations, there is a shortfall of around 13 trillion euros worldwide by 2040 to make the infrastructures for digitalisation, climate protection and energy, transport, health, education and research fit for the future. “Global Gateway”, an offensive of the EU Commission, is intended to help close this investment gap.
31 percent of logistics service providers consider sustainability to be very important

For the “Green Logistics” study, the global strategy and marketing consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners asked European companies that use logistics service providers what relevance the topic of sustainability has for them. 55 percent stated that they consider it very important. When it comes to selecting logistics service providers, however, this figure is only 31 percent. The authors of the study suspect that there is a lack of concrete offers on the part of the logistics industry.


The Brenner traffic jams are up to 70 kilometres long

The time windows for journeys over the Brenner Pass are being shortened more and more by the Tyrol: as a result, traffic jams regularly occur in Bavaria – some of them are up to 70 kilometres long. European transport and logistics associations are demanding that EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen take action here and persuade Austria to rethink. The new Brenner tunnel will be completed in 2023 at the earliest, the access routes much later.

Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung

idle kilometers saved by the Bayern-Shuttle
In the Bayern-Shuttle, DB Cargo combines the speed of block trains with the flexibility of single wagons: steel shipments from Voestalpine for manufacturers in the Bavarian automotive industry are combined in a weekday round trip. In addition, steel scrap is picked up and transported back to Voestalpine’s steel mill in Linz in an overnight jump. This concept saves 75,000 idle kilometers – and was awarded the German Logistics Prize 2021.
slump in the European logistics industry in 2020
After growth of around 3.1 percent in 2019, the European logistics industry will have to cope with a slump of 3.5 percent in 2020 due to the corona pandemic. However, a comparison with gross domestic product (GDP) shows that it has thus been significantly less affected than other sectors of the economy: GDP in 2020 was around six percent in nominal terms in relation to market prices.
Source: TOP 100 in European Transport and Logistics Services 2021/2022 (Martin Schwemmer, Peter Klaus)

5 aircraft loads of Playstation 5 for the UK

To ensure that the Playstation 5 (PS5) games console reaches British customers under the Christmas tree on time, manufacturer Sony has chartered extra aircraft. A total of five Boeing 747 jumbo jets operated by Korean Airlines each brought 50 three-meter pallets of PS5 to Heathrow. The cargo weighed 500 tons per aircraft. Twelve semi-trucks bring goods to stores across the country. The console has sold more than 13.4 million units worldwide since its launch in 2020.


decline in air freight since 2005
Growth in air freight has declined by four percent since 2005. There has been negative growth over a six-year period since 2000.


57 percent of road transport takes place in the short range under 50 kilometers

The majority of transport on Germany’s roads takes place in the local area: 57 percent of journeys are less than 50 kilometers long. 24 percent is in the regional range between 51 and 150 kilometers and only 19 percent is long-distance transport with distances of more than 151 kilometers.

Source: Wirtschaftswoche

1.565 euros for a liter of diesel

Rising oil prices are causing further record readings at German gas stations: According to the ADAC, a liter of diesel cost 1.565 euros at the beginning of November 2021. Previously, the last high of 1.554 euros per liter came from August 2012.


4 percent higher benchmark rates for European transport prices

Transport prices on Europe’s roads peaked in the third quarter of 2021, with the European Road Freight Rate Benchmark index at 107.6 points – 3 points higher than the same period in 2020. It is the fifth consecutive quarterly increase.

Source: European Road Freight Rate Benchmark

For 2 months a year, transport companies in the EU are allowed to use rental trucks from other member states

European transport companies can put together their fleets more flexibly: EU lawmakers have somewhat opened up the rental market for trucks without drivers in other EU countries. Accordingly, member states must in future allow their transport companies to use trucks they have rented or leased in other member states for at least two months a year.


for flood victims from the logistics sector
A fundraising campaign by the Federal Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (BGL) e.V., its state associations and member organizations raised 165,000 euros to help companies in the transport and logistics sector that were directly affected by the flood disaster.
of industrial companies suffer from material shortages
Industry lacks intermediate products and raw materials for its production: according to the Ifo Institute, 69.2 percent of companies report this problem – more than at any time since 1991. In July, 63.8 percent reported this and 18 percent in January.

Source: Ifo Institute

0.5 percent
instead of 1.3

growth in German exports

Supply bottlenecks for key precursors and raw materials are disrupting international supply chains. As a result, German exports are growing at a slower rate: in July, they were only 0.5 percent higher than in the previous month.

Source: Federal Statistical Office

More than 1 week’s delay …
… were experienced by cargo ships on the Hamburg-Shanghai and Hamburg-Shenzhen routes on average in June. According to recent ship tracking data from project44, a project provider, delays of ships and shipments on most major trade routes connecting China with the rest of the world economy have increased significantly compared to last year.

Source: project44

commercial vehicles were newly registered in the EU in June 2021
After the severe slump suffered by the European commercial vehicle market in 2020 due to the pandemic, the situation continues to recover: 185,573 commercial vehicles were newly registered in June 2021 – 12.4 percent more than in June 2020. In the first half of the year, there was an overall increase of 36.9 percent – with 1.02 million light and heavy commercial vehicles.

Source: Acea

truck drivers missing in the UK
The fact that around 25,000 truck drivers from EU countries had to leave the country after Brexit has exacerbated the driver shortage on the island: there is now a shortage of around 90,000 skilled workers. The 25,000 drivers were classified by the government as “unskilled labor” and thus no longer receive work visas. It takes up to nine months to train a driver. Due to the pandemic, there is a backlog of exams: About 40,000 potential candidates are waiting for exam dates.

Source: Logistics UK

3.5 percent
instead of 5.2

Short-time work in logistics falls
The number of short-time workers continued to fall in July: the share of employees subject to social security contributions was just 3.5 percent – down from an estimated 5.2 percent the month before. In April 2020, the figure in the transport and warehousing sector was still around 17.8 percent.

Source: Ifo Institute

Transport prices were 12.9 percent higher in June compared with a year earlier
Import prices have risen significantly: In June 2021, they were 12.9 percent higher than a year earlier. The last time they increased more than this was in 1981, during the second oil price crisis – at that time, the value in October was 13.6 percent higher than in October 1980. In 2021, the rate of change was +10.3 percent year-on-year in April and +11.8 percent in May.

Source: Federal Statistical Office

15 instead of 7: Situation indicators in the Ifo business survey rise significantly

The business climate in logistics brightened again significantly in June: According to the Ifo Institute’s business survey, index values in both the road freight transport (15.7) and warehousing and freight forwarding (20.5) sectors are now clearly in positive territory. The majority of companies rate their business as “good”, and the situation indicators in both sectors improved from around 7 to 15 points. Plus: Sales and prices are expected to rise in the next three months and a significant increase in personnel is anticipated.


15,000 cases of cargo theft

Around 15,000 cases of cargo theft were recorded on Europe’s roads in 2019/2020.Thorsten Neumann, CEO and president of the Transported Asset Protection Association (TAPA), which has built up its own case database, explains: “Nevertheless, we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg. The majority of losses are not systematically recorded, even in Germany.”


50 percent more climate gases per liter: European wine causes significantly more CO2 than American wine

The emissions that occur during the manufacture of a product are usually many times higher than the transport emissions. In the case of food, for example, transportation accounts for only 10 percent of total emissions. And there are big differences between different countries: “European winemakers produce 50 percent more climate gases per liter than their counterparts from the USA. The crucial question is therefore how green the country from which we source our products is, not how far away it is,” says Prof. Ralph Ossa of the University of Zurich, an expert on international trade.


1:2 – Every single part doubled
Trailer chassis today have a digital DNA. From the axle to the brake to the air spring bellows or the tire pressure control, every single part exists twice: in real life – and as a digital twin.


billion euros

is expected to be the value of the European road freight market in 2025 – as forecasted by the experts of the logistics market research institute Transport Intelligence. In 2020, the figure was 324.46 billion euros. With a share of 20.1 percent, Germany represents the largest market in Europe: more than 65 billion euros will be generated in this country.
Source: Transport Intelligence
of containers are stuck in traffic.
Containers are in short supply – partly due to the Suez Canal traffic jam in March 2021. Another jam in the Pearl River Delta in southern China has further exacerbated the problem: According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, almost five percent of all container ship capacity was tied up as a result – even more than in the first Corona wave.


over %
Inadequate load securing is considered to be the cause of approximately 20 to 25 percent of traffic accidents in heavy goods transport.
Source: Umweltinstitut Offenbach GmbH
billion €
The German Insurance Association (GDV) settles transport damages amounting to 1.2 billion euros annually. A large part of this is due to inadequate or even missing load securing. More than 70 per cent of the vehicles inspected are objected to by the inspection bodies because of inadequate load securing.
Source: Umweltinstitut Offenbach GmbH
€ plus 1 point
If the loss of the load is due to inadequate load securing, the truck driver faces a fine of at least 60 euros and a point in Flensburg. In the event of a hazard or an accident, it will be even more expensive.
As of 1 January 2020, there were around 22.5 million driving licences for heavy goods vehicles.
Source: KBA
In 2019, a total of 2,546,830 commercial vehicles were sold in the EU.
Source: ACEA
In 2019, the distance travelled by tractor units in Germany was around 20.4 billion kilometres.
Source: Federal Statistical Office; BMVBS; DIW Berlin; KBA; Federal Highway Research Institute
Transport performance of individual modes of transport in Germany 2019 (in billion tonne-kilometres)
Road freight transport
(domestic trucks only)*
Inland waterways
Values have been rounded for a better understanding of the statistics.

* The value for road transport also includes the transport performance of German trucks abroad.
** For the value for railways, only companies with a total transport performance of at least 10 million tonne-kilometres or 1 million tonne-kilometres in combined transport were taken into account.
*** The value for pipelines is an estimate.

Source: Federal Statistical Office, KBA

Professional drivers: age structure of the driving personnel in Germany
  • Under 25 Years 2.7% 2.7%
  • 25 to under 55 years 67.1% 67.1%
  • 55 to under 65 years 27.5% 27.5%
  • 65 years and older 2.7% 2.7%
Status: 31 December 2018
Source: Bundesagentur für Arbeit; BAG
In 2019, around 71,300 commercial vehicles (excluding buses) in the weight class over 16 tonnes were newly registered in Germany.
Source: AAA
The truck population in Germany on 1 January 2019 amounted to around three million two-axle and around 137,800 three- or multi-axle vehicles
Two axles
Three axles and more
Source: KBA
Number of commercial vehicles produced in selected European countries in 2019





















Source: OICA


Trucks are the most heavily used means of transport in commercial vehicle traffic in Germany. The share of trucks in the total transport performance in commercial vehicle traffic amounted to around 71.4 percent in 2019. According to forecasts, the share will increase even further by 2023.

Source: BMVI; BAG; KBA; Federal Statistical Office; SSP Consult
In 2019, 354,463 semi-trailers were registered in Germany.
Source: KBA
Lack of parking spaces has been a major problem for the industry for years. The Federal Association of Road Haulage, Logistics and Disposal (Bundesverband Güterkraftverkehr Logistik und Entsorgung) estimates that 30,000 to 35,000 spaces are lacking in Germany at night.
Source: BGL e. V
New registrations of commercial vehicles in Germany
In October 2020, around 6,800 commercial vehicles in the weight class over 6 tonnes were newly registered in Germany.
Source: VDA
  • Buses: 501 2% 2%
  • Commercial vehicles over 6 t: 6,812 24% 24%
  • Commercial vehicles up to 6 t: 29,032 100% 100%
In 2018, around 14 million tyres were replaced in the replacement business for trucks and buses in Europe set down.
Source: Eurostat; ETRMA; LMC Automotive

In August 2020, the number of new registrations of commercial vehicles fell in
in the EU by around

compared to the same month last year.
Source: ACEA
In 2020 there were around

tractor units in Germany.

For comparison:
in 2010 there were

Source: KBA
The statistics show the development of the total mileage of trucks in Germany in the years 1970 to 2018. In 2018, the mileage of trucks in Germany was around
billion kilometres
  • 1970: 26.4 billion kilometres 38.5% 38.5%
  • 1990: 33.1 billion kilometres 48.3% 48.3%
  • 2000: 58.9 billion kilometres 85.9% 85.9%
  • 2010: 60.7 billion kilometres 88.5% 88.5%
  • 2015: 68.6 billion kilometres 100% 100%
  • 2018: 65.7 billion kilometres 95.7% 95.7%
Source: Federal Statistical Office; BMVBS; DIW Berlin; KBA; Federal Highway Research Institute
trucks were registered in Germany on 1 January 2020
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2019, the transport performance of road freight transport in the European Union was around
trillion tonne-kilometres
Source: Eurostat, Statista 2020
In 2019 a total of about

new trucks were registered.
Of these, almost

38,600 were semi-trailer trucks.
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2018, the proportion of female professional drivers in Germany was around
1.8 %
Source: Statista 2020

Truck fleet in Germany by fuel type
Status: 1 January 2020


  • Ihr Titel 100% 100%


  • Ihr Titel 20% 20%
  • Electronics | 24,380 7% 7%
  • Liquid gas | 16,455 4% 4%
  • Natural gas | 13,649 3% 3%
  • Hybrid | 355 1% 1%
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2019, the stock of commercial vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of more than 20 tonnes in Germany amounted to around 141,000 commercial vehicles.
Source: Statista, KBA
In 2020 the average age of trucks in Germany was
Source: Statista, KBA
Despite slight fluctuations, the amount of trucks stolen each year seems to be decreasing.
Whereas in 2009 around 2,200 vans were permanently missing, in 2018 the figure was only half of that, with around 900.
Source: Statista, Federal Criminal Police Office