THE IMPACT OF DECREASING BORDER BARRIERS IN EUROPE ON FREIGHT TRANSPORT BY ROAD

At present international freight transport flows have only a small share in total freight movements in Europe. It is to be expected, however, that the increasing trade between European Community (EC) countries will have a strong influence on the long-term development of international freight flows. Earlier research by the authors showed the existence of barriers to the exchange of goods between countries, going far beyond actual delays experienced at border crossings. The aim of this paper is to examine the effect of the gradual integration of national economies in Europe on freight transport flows by road, by considering different scenarios for the decrease of border barriers. The methodology is based on an application of partial matrix techniques for the estimation of interregional transport flows. Originally introduced for the purpose of estimating unobserved flows in origin/destination tables, these techniques also proved to be useful for quantifying the influence of decreasing border barriers on freight transport. The presented methodology allows one to take into account these developments for strategic planning purposes. The calculations indicate a significant growth in international transport as an effect of the realization of the Internal Market.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 95-105

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00727065
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 1
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 14 1996 12:00AM