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Analysis and Comparison of Road Freight Transport Cost in 20 European Countries

Analysis and Comparison of Road Freight Transport Cost in 20 European Countries
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Author(s): Panagiotis Kotsios (TEI of Central Macedonia, Serres, Greece) and Dimitrios Folinas (TEI of Central Macedonia, Serres, Greece)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 10
Issue: 1
Pages: 14
Source title: International Journal of Applied Logistics (IJAL)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Lincoln C. Wood (University of Otago, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/IJAL.2020010102

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Abstract

Road transport is one of the most popular and practical means of freight transport in the world today. However, the cost of road freight transport may differ from one country to the next due to variances in a number of cost factors, including fuels, wages, taxation, tolls, insurance, maintenance, tyres, repairs, parking spaces, etc. The goal of this research was to measure and compare the cost of road freight transport in the 20 European countries with the highest recorded volume of tonne-kilometres, in order to draw conclusions about the cost competitiveness of road freight transport among them. Cost competitiveness in the sample was measured by 4 main cost categories: fuels, drivers' wages, tyres, and tolls. The results show large cost variations between countries. The countries found to have the lowest road freight transport cost were Lithuania, Poland and Bulgaria, and those with the highest costs were Norway, Austria, and the UK. The largest differences in costs were met in tolls and other road taxes, followed by drivers' wages, fuels, and finally tyres.

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