Road freight transportation in Albania, among the lowest in Europe

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 24, 2019 11:08

Road freight transportation in Albania, among the lowest in Europe

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  • Considering the lack of railway freight transportation in Albania as compared to the EU28, part of which Albania aspires to be, this data reflects its underdeveloped economy.

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TIRANA, Sept. 24 – Albania demonstrates low levels of road freight transportation in comparison to other European countries, according to EUROSTAT data. 

Less than 250 million tonnes of goods per kilometer were loaded in Albania in 2017, while the EU28 states display much higher numbers. 

The total weight of transported road freight amounted to 1.9 billion tonnes per kilometer within the EU28.

Considering the lack of railway freight transportation in Albania as compared to the EU28, part of which Albania aspires to be, this data reflects its underdeveloped economy.

The highest amount of loaded road freight within the EU belonged to Spain’s Barcelona.

In 2017, Barcelona accounted for an amount of 22.7 billion tonnes per kilometer of loaded freight, followed by two other spanish regions, Valencia (17.0 billion T/km) and Madrid (14.3 billion T/km).

The level of freight transported within the EU28 was higher than 10 billion T/km in Hamburg (12.4 billion T/km), Murcia in Southeastern Spain (12.2 billion T/km) and the region of Northern France (10.8 billion T/km).

The map below indicates that the high levels of road freight transportation are centered in countries with sea ports as well as a relatively high population density. 

Despite having more sea ports than the rest of the region, Albania has constantly reported a low amount of freight transportation.

The low use of roads for freight transportation is not only an indicator of underdevelopment but also reduces costs of road investments and sustainability.

 

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times September 24, 2019 11:08