€5.1 bn deficit for EU28
In 2015, 2 287 billion tonne-kilometres of inland freight were transported in the European Union (EU). This was slightly more (+1.3%) compared with its level in 2010. Road transport was still by far the dominant means of transporting freight (75.3% of total inland freight transport performance in 2015). This share has remained almost unchanged over last years. As a result, the modal split of inland freight transport has barely changed: road (from 75.7% in 2010 to 75.3% in 2015), rail (from 17.4% in 2010 to 18.3% in 2015) and inland waterways (from 6.9% in 2010 to 6.4% in 2015).
€39.5 bn surplus for trade in services
August 2017 compared with July 2017
In the fourth quarter of 2016, the gross weight of goods handled in the main ports of the European Union (EU) stood at over 950 million tonnes. This was an increase of 1.4 % compared with the same quarter of 2015 (close to 940 million tonnes). Despite continued growth since the second quarter of 2013, the weight of goods passing through the ports in the fourth quarter of 2016 was still lower than the volumes seen before the start of the economic downturn in Europe. This news item marks World Maritime Day 2017 held under theme ‘Connecting Ships, Ports and People’.
Data extracted in July 2017.
The number of imports and exports of electric bicycles (‘e-bicycles’) to and from the EU has risen sharply over the last five years. In 2012, while 209 000 e-bicycles were exported from the EU, in 2016 the export figures stood at 830 000. The number of imports of e-bicycles shows a similar sharp increase over the five-year period. In 2012, the number of e-bicycle imports into the EU stood at 550 000, while in 2016 this figure reached almost 2 million.
€8.8 bn surplus for EU28
National figures alone cannot reveal the full and sometimes complex picture of what is happening at a more detailed level within the European Union (EU). EU Member States are often compared with each other, but in reality it is very difficult to compare a small country like Malta or Luxembourg with Germany, the most populous EU Member State. Full article…
In 2016, the EU, the United States and China recorded the world’s highest trade values in goods, together accounting for 46 % of global exports of goods and 45 % of global imports.