Demand index for road transport from Poland to Germany dropped by half

In the first quarter of 2023, the mileage of trucks with a gross vehicle weight of 7.5 tons or more on Germany’s toll roads reached approximately 10.126 billion kilometers. This was 3.2% less than in January–March of last year.

The German trucks reduced mileage by 3.5%, Polish cars – by 1.5% (the mileage of Polish cars – 1.964 billion km, a share of 19% of all trucks in the German toll road network).

Trucks from Lithuania showed a 5.1% increase in mileage on the German roads (mileage of 342.6 million kilometers). The share of Lithuanian trucks in the total mileage of trucks on German roads between January and March was 3.2%.

March showed a more pronounced decline. The German truck mileage dropped by 4.7% year-on-year this month, while the Polish truck mileage dropped by 2.9%.

The weakening demand for transport is visible not only in road toll statistics, but also in the demand index from the exchange, which represents the spot market for road transport. On the route from Poland to Germany, the median demand index for the first three months of 2023 was only 47 points. For comparison, in the corresponding period of the previous year the index was at 101 points.