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13/12/2012
ITALIAN GOODS TRANSPORT PLUMMETS

The updated costs for road transport firms show that there is a risk that Italian operators will be marginalized. An analysis of costs commissioned by the Central Committee of the Roll of Road Hauliers indicated a considerable difference between the cost per kilometre in Italy and the cost per kilometre in other countries.

Paolo Castiglia

TURNOVER in obvious decline, little desire to invest, a strong increase in competition. These are just some of the elements that emerged from monitoring by the Central Committee of the Roll of Road Hauliers on a sample of over one thousand road transport firms in Italy, which highlighted trends but also the sector’s perception of the future in view of the new regulations governing the entire segment. For business carried out over the past three years, 43% of firms declared a continuing downturn in turnover. Deterioration – with turnover in decline –  is greater (30% of cases) than improvement, shown in 28% of cases. As to prospects, for the next three-year period, 43% expect turnover to be the same, but 26% expect turnover to decrease. The survey showed that 68.2% of firms do not intend to invest in future and did not invest in tools and logistics systems in the past.
The updated costs for road transport firms show that there is a risk that Italian operators will be marginalized. An analysis of costs commissioned by the Central Committee of the Roll of Road Hauliers indicated a considerable difference between the cost per kilometre in Italy and the cost per kilometre in other countries. As in previous years, the 2012 survey monitored the cost per kilometre and the operating cost per hour for five different makes of heavy vehicles (44 ton, 5-axle semi-trailers). The updated costs referred to diesel, tolls, vehicle taxes, depreciation, maintenance and repairs, tyres, insurance and driver costs.
For Italy, the cost was estimated at €1.579 per kilometre, considerably higher than in the other countries analyzed. In fact it is 11%-12% higher than the estimated cost per kilometre in Germany and France, the most significant countries in terms of competing with Italy in a European context: it is 9% and 29% higher than in Austria and Slovenia, respectively, which are the most immediate alternatives to our offer, especially towards countries in the east, and  42% higher than the average cost in Hungary and Poland, the countries in that part of Europe with higher levels of production. Lastly, it is about 78% higher than in Romania, the country with the lowest cost. Carried out for Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Slovenia, Poland, Hungary and Romania, the comparison considered 100,000 kilometres per year, but with an estimation of different average speeds due to the different infrastructures in each country, average loading and unloading times, the presence or otherwise of motorways. The survey showed an overall increase in traffic on Italian roadways and the consequent reduction in the speed of commercial vehicles, which is 53 km/h in France and Germany, 48 km/h in Italy and 50 km/h in the rest of Europe.

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