Germany: Costs in the general loads market increased in 2016. Their increase has been influenced by, for example, the toll.

Germany: Costs in the general loads market increased in 2016. Their increase has been influenced by, for example, the toll.

German DSLV Association published the index of group load freight forwarding costs. It shows that last year the costs in the general loads market increased by 1.6%. This increase, according to DSLV results from the toll and staff-related costs.

DSLV experts evaluated how personnel costs, fuel costs and the toll were developing in 2016 based on 19 million of general load transports. According to the analysis, costs of an average transport of general loads in Germany increased by 1.6% last year.

This increase is due to the fact that since the end of 2015 the toll applies to heavy goods vehicles with DMC of over 7.5 t (the limit has been reduced from 12 tonnes). In addition, the experts point to the changing structure of fleets when it comes to regional transport, which more and more often uses larger heavy goods vehicles.

According to the analysis, the toll cost increased by 6.7% last year while personnel costs raised by 3.7%. Employment costs are an essential part of the general goods costs – up to 50.9%. The share of property cots is 35.4%, the fuel "absorbs" 10.6% and the toll 3.1%.

Increase should also be expected in 2017

Experts expect that the general goods transport costs will also increase this year, mainly due to the lack of human resources in the industry, as well as due to the implementation of the B2C (business-to-consumer) model.

The situation is likely to recur also in 2018 as the extension of the toll to all federal roads is planned.

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