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  • Release date: 10 January 2018
  • Period covered: 2015 and 2016
Data includes information about the imports and exports to and from Wales that are carried by road.

Key points

In 2016, over half of road freight carried on UK registered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in Wales travelled within Wales only. This is an increase of 18 million tonnes when compared to 2015 figures.

  • In 2015. UK registered HGVs carried 46 million tonnes of road freight within Wales; 23 million tonnes to Wales from the rest of the UK; 26 million from Wales to the rest of the UK.
  • In 2016, UK registered HGVs carried 63 million tonnes of road freight within Wales; 22 million tonnes to Wales from the rest of the UK; 24 million from Wales to the rest of the UK.

The largest groups of commodities (by weight) carried by road, by UK registered HGVs in Wales in 2016 were:

  • 21 million tonnes of food products (including beverages and tobacco)
  • 16 million tonnes of metal ore and other mining and quarrying (not including coal and lignite)
  • 11 million tonnes of waste related products
  • 10 million tonnes of glass, cement and other non-metallic mineral products.

The majority of Welsh import/export tonnage carried by road from and to the EU was loaded/unloaded in Belgium, Luxembourg or Germany in 2016.

  • Imports to Wales from Belgium and Luxembourg have increased in 2016, when compared to 2015 figures. In contrast, exports have decreased in this time.
  • Both imports and exports that were carried by road to and from Germany decreased in 2016 when compared to 2015 figures.
  • When compared to 2015 figures, Welsh imports/exports that were to/from Netherlands have declined in 2016 such that the data is no longer sufficiently robust for publication.

The majority of goods transported by road between Wales and the rest of the UK in 2016 came from and went to the North West, the South West and the West Midlands.

  • Of goods transported from Wales to the rest of the UK, 26 per cent was transported to the North West, 20 per cent to the South West and 23 per cent to the West Midlands. These regions accounted for a total of 69 per cent of goods transported from Wales to the rest of the UK.
  • Of goods transported to Wales from the rest of the UK, 19 per cent was transported from the North West, 30 per cent from the South West and 21 per cent from the West Midlands. These regions accounted for a total of 70 per cent of goods transported to Wales from the rest of the UK.

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 062 5688
Email: stats.transport@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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