European road freight capacity has been reduced by up to 7%

A recent report in Germany’s most-read news site, Der Speigel, contained information regarding an internal document by Germany’s DSLV transport federation.

According to the leaked document, HGV drivers from Ukraine, Poland, Belarus and Russia are much less available for the European market due to the war, and therefore, European road freight capacity has been reduced by up to 7%.

 “Due to the shortages on our labour market, about 105,000 people from Ukraine were employed as international transport drivers. Overnight, tens of thousands of them decided to leave Poland and return to their homeland. Our carriers were left without hands to work. At the moment, thousands of trucks cannot leave their bases and operate because there are not enough drivers on the market to replace those who have left,” states an open letter written by Poland’s International Road Haulage Association (ZMPD).

DSLV also took this trend into account in the aforementioned leaked document, but the association is also concerned about  disruptions in rail freight and sea freight traffic between Europe and Asia.

The rail connection via Ukraine to the east has been interrupted, but not yet via Russia and Belarus.

“Further hindrances […] on Russian territory can severely disrupt the procurement channels of European industrial companies and trading houses,” the paper says.

As a result of all these difficulties, DSLV counts on significant increases in transportation rates.