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Road freight statistics: April 2016 to March 2017

Road freight activity statistics for the United Kingdom and internationally between April 2016 to March 2017.

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Road freight statistics: April 2016 to March 2017 tables

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Please note: statistics in this release, back to 2011 quarter 2 (April to June) have been revised and replaced by new figures published on 22 March 2018 in Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017.

On 22 March, 2018, the department published Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017, which included a change to part of the methodology used to produce the estimates of the domestic aspect of road freight statistics, resulting in a downward revision in the estimated amount of goods moved and lifted by UK-registered HGVs back to 2011 quarter 2.

More details about the impact of this change can be found on the release Road freight statistics: July 2016 to June 2017. As a result of this, figures from this release have been revised and are not the most up to date.

Statistics on road freight transported by Great Britain and United Kingdom registered Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Domestic freight activity by Great Britain registered HGVs operating in the UK increased to record highs in the year ending March 2017. There were increases compared to the year ending March 2016 of:

  • 17% in the amount of goods lifted, to 1.97 billion tonnes
  • 13% in the amount of goods moved, to 174 billion tonne kilometres

International road freight by UK-registered HGVs transporting freight internationally decreased in the year ending March 2017. There were decreases compared to the year ending March 2016 of:

  • 5% in the amount of goods lifted, to 7.8 million tonnes
  • 7% in the amount of goods moved, to 5.2 billon tonne kilometres

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Road freight statistics

Published 12 October 2017
Last updated 22 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Note added for revised road freight statistics.
  2. First published.