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Data about imports and exports to and from Wales that were carried by road during 2017.

Main points

  • In 2017 goods lifted by road within Wales, to Wales and from Wales increased by 2%, 25% and 9% respectively compared with 2016 levels.

In 2017 total goods lifted by road within Wales, to Wales and from Wales increased by 2%, 25% and 9% respectively compared with 2016 levels.

UK destination

  • In 2017, 47% of road freight in Wales travelled within Wales only. This is a fall of 3.3 percentage points since 2016.
  • HGVs carried: 45 million tonnes of road freight within Wales; 26 million tonnes to Wales from the rest of the UK; 25 million tonnes from Wales to the rest of the UK.
  • 63% of goods transported by road between Wales and the rest of the UK in 2017 came from or went to the North West, the South West or the West Midlands.
  • Of goods transported from Wales to other parts of the UK: 29% went to the West Midlands, 22% to the South West and 13% to the North West. These regions accounted for a total of 64% of goods transported from Wales to the rest of the UK.
  • Of goods transported to Wales from other parts of the UK: 23% came from the West Midlands, 18% from the South West and 21% from the North West. These regions accounted for a total of 62% of goods transported to Wales from the rest of the UK.

European Union (EU) destination

  • 50% of Welsh import and export tonnage carried by road from and to the EU was loaded/unloaded in Belgium and Luxembourg or Germany in 2017.
  • Both imports and exports carried by road to and from Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany decreased in 2017.

Largest groups of commodities (by weight) carried by HGVs

  • 22 million tonnes of food products (including beverages and tobacco).
  • 11 million tonnes of metal ore and other mining and quarrying (not including coal and lignite).
  • 9 million tonnes of waste related products.
  • 8 million tonnes of Agricultural products.

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Contact

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