Roads by far the leading mode of transport in the national transport of goods
The slow pace of trade in recent years is ultimately also reflected in domestic
freight transport. In 2015, the total volume of goods transported in Germany (in
tonne-kilometres) was only around 3% higher than it was in 2011,
corresponding to an average annual growth rate of just 0.7%.
Transport volume expanded by 2.6% a year on average between 1995 and 2011. According to the
German government’s latest medium-term forecast, the volume of goods
transported is likely to increase by just over 1% a year between 2017 and 2019.