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05 December 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 01:02 GMT+1

May 21, 2020

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In France, almost 60% of haulage companies are still partially or totally inactive

A third of companies expect to have to resort to staff downsizing

In France, ten days after the end of the lockdown adopted for Covid-19 pandemic, almost 60% of companies are still partially or totally inactive and the transport 21% of the entire truck fleet is stationary. This is highlighted by the third report on the road freight crisis from the Fédération Nationale des Transports Routiers (FNTR) denouncing how companies in the sector have to deal with with a disorganized market, with pressure on tariffs, with increasing empty kilometres and with additional charges, a the federation stressed that it poses a risk to the survival of companies and employment, which has already industry organisations to call for a government to define a support plan transport, requested - specified the FNTR - that to date went unanswered.

The third survey conducted by the federation showed that last March, the turnover of the haulage companies was decreased by -48% and that in the following month the decline was -44%. In addition, the crisis has led to a 21% increase in empty kilometres and a 15.3% increase in costs per kilometre compared to the situation prior to the health emergency. To this adds up to a 7.2% increase in business expenses for interventions sanitization and safety, as well as an increase in indirect costs caused by lost productivity caused, among other things, by increased loading and unloading times.

With regard to freight rates, the report notes that the current overcapacity of trucking supply translates into a reduction in fares, while Survey specifies that more than a third of the total companies are already planning to resort to a staff downsizing.

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