Cyprus reported the highest share of dangerous goods being transported by road in both 2019 and 2020, according to figures issued by Eurostat on Wednesday.
The EU’s statistical office said that overall the share of dangerous goods transported in the EU (in tonne-kilometres) remained the same in 2019 and 2020 at around 4 per cent of the EU total.
The member states that recorded the highest shares of dangerous goods in their road transport were Cyprus, which has no other mode of transport, (9 per cent in 2019, 12 per cent in 2020), Belgium (10 per cent, 9 per cent) and Finland (8 per cent, 7 per cent). In contrast, Slovakia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia recorded shares of dangerous goods of less than 2 per cent in 2019; Ireland, Lithuania and Slovakia recorded such low shares also in 2020.
The largest group transported was ‘flammable liquids’, accounting for more than half of the total transport of dangerous goods in tonne-kilometres (54 per cent in 2019 and 53 per cent in 2020). ‘Gases’ (compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure) accounted for 14 per cent in 2019 and 15 per cent in 2020, while ‘corrosives’ accounted for 12 per cent in both years. The distribution between the different types of dangerous goods has remained relatively stable over time.
With regards to the types of all (dangerous and non-dangerous) goods transported in 2020, ‘metal ores and other mining and quarrying products’ was the largest product group transported in terms of tonnage, accounting for one quarter (25 per cent) of the EU total. Together, ‘other non-metallic mineral products’ and ‘food, beverages and tobacco’, each with a share of 12% of the total, nearly accounted for a further quarter. Another important product group was ‘agricultural, forestry and fishery products’, with a share of 10 per cent.