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Road freight: domestic and international statistics

Domestic and international road freight statistics information.

The Department for Transport produces a range of statistics relating to the freight sector within the areas of:

  • road freight
  • roll-on, roll-off international freight

Road freight

The road freight statistics series provides information on the domestic and international activity of British and Northern Irish heavy goods vehicles (HGVs). This information is collected by the department’s 3 road freight surveys, the Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport, Great Britain (CSRGT GB), the Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport, Northern Ireland (CSRGT NI), and the International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS).

Information about these 3 surveys is available in the notes and definitions document.

The most recent road freight data, covering the period to the end of 2013, was released on 19 February 2015. We apologise for the delay in releasing this data. This delay was caused by changes to our data capture and processing systems, which took much longer than originally anticipated to implement. We are planning on publishing 2014 data in late summer 2015. If you would like to be kept informed of our publication plans please contact us at road freight statistics.

An index sheet of all the road freight statistical tables is available:

Road freight tables index

Road freight statistics user questionnaire

We are conducting an exercise to help us improve our understanding of the needs of users of the road freight statistics publication. If you would like to provide feedback please complete the road freight statistics user questionnaire and return it to road freight statistics by 27 March 2015.

Roll-on, roll-off international freight

The roll-off, roll-on international freight statistics series provides information on all the main ferry routes between Great Britain and mainland Europe, and the Channel Tunnel, and excludes routes between Great Britain and Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. It is based on information supplied by ferry operators and Eurotunnel.

Information about maritime, rail and air freight activity can be found in the appropriate sections of the Transport Statistics website.

Contact us

Road freight statistics enquiries

Roll-on roll-off international freight statistics enquiries

See all statistics published by DfT

Technical information

Road freight domestic and international statistics guidance

Links to earlier road freight data, reports and publications, including data from bespoke surveys on the activity of foreign HGVs working in the UK and the activity of light goods vehicles

National statistics

Road freight statistics and roll on, roll off international freight statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as national statistics in July 2009 (Report 6).

Assessment report Letter of confirmation

However, due to the recent changes to the data capture and processing systems used in the production of road freight statistics, the DfT Head of Profession for Statistics wrote to the UK Statistics Authority in September 2014 to request the suspension of national statistics status for the road freight statistics series. The response from the UK Statistics Authority is available.

The series will undergo assessment during 2015 and the expectation is that national statistics status will be reinstated at that point.

The roll-on, roll-off international freight statistical series continues to retain national statistics status.

Pre-release access list

The post holders given access to these statistics up to 24 hours prior to release are available in the pre-release access list.

Road freight statistics pre-release access list
Roll-on roll-off international freight statistics pre-release access list

Publications released during 2015

  1. Road freight statistics: 2011 to 2013

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistics
  2. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: October to December 2014

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2014

  1. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Jul to Sep 2014

    • 20 November 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Apr to Jun 2014

    • 21 August 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Jan to Mar 2014

    • 22 May 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport (GB): Respondents section

    • 2 May 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport (NI): Respondents section

    • 2 May 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. International Road Haulage Survey: Respondents section

    • 2 May 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Oct to Dec Q4 2013

    • 13 March 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2013

  1. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: quarter 1 2013

    • 23 May 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: quarter 2 2013

    • 22 August 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Jul to Sep Q3 2013

    • 21 November 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: Quarter 4 2012

    • 28 February 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2012

  1. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: quarter 2 2012

    • 23 August 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Road goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe: quarter 3 2012

    • 22 November 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Road freight statistics: quarter 1 2011

    • 29 November 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics

Publications released during 2011

  1. Road freight statistics 2010

    • 27 October 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics

Data tables associated with this series

  1. Road freight: statistical tables index

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  2. Domestic road freight activity (RFS01)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  3. International road freight activity (RFS02)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  4. Road goods travelling to mainland Europe (RORO01)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  5. Powered goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe (RORO02)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  6. All goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe (RORO03)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  7. Powered goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe, by country of disembarkation (RORO04)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  8. Unaccompanied trailers travelling to mainland Europe (RORO05)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  9. UK registered powered goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe (RORO06)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  10. Foreign registered powered goods vehicles travelling to mainland Europe (RORO07)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  11. Road goods and powered goods travelling to mainland Europe (RORO08)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set
  12. Road goods travelling to mainland Europe, list of active routes, quarterly (RORO09)

    • 19 February 2015
    • Statistical data set