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09 August 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 12:32 GMT+2

July 6, 2020

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In 2019, an all-time record for intermodal shipments Europe, but the crisis looms

In terms of containers, the traffic was equal to 8,802,630 teu (up 0.2%)

Last year, intermodal shipments made in Europe combined transport operators associated with the International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) 4.40 million units, an increase in 0.2% compared to 4.39 million shipments in 2018. In 2019 container shipments alone were 3.54 million,000 or 0.5%, semi-trailers 601 thousand (up 4.9%) and truck shipments with Travelling motorway services amounted to 256 thousand (-12,7%).

Announcing today the volumes moved last year by the companies in Europe, the UIRR has specified that in 2019, in terms of tons-kilometers, shipments totaled 79.22 million tkm, an increase of 1.5% European Union's gross domestic product. In terms of containers traffic in 2019 was 8,802,630 teu (0.2%).

The UIRR specified that, beyond the rise in shipments, 2019 has been a difficult year for intermodal transport that has experienced a gradual deterioration in corporate confidence in the Sector. With regard to the future prospects, the President of the UIRR, Ralf-Charley Schultze, found that the progressive loss confidence in intermodal transport that occurred during the 2019, in the following years it will probably be aggravated coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis.

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