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Schengen and cross-border traffic: trucks arriving in Germany

With the limits of Schengen being continuously tested, this chart looks at the possible economic implications of controls on cross-border traffic.

By: Date: January 20, 2016 European Macroeconomics & Governance Tags & Topics

3.8 million trucks from Austria and 3.1 million trucks from Poland  crossed the German border in 2015. As the chart shows, they constitute the second and third most common origins for trucks crossing to Germany, after the Netherlands.

These numbers are increasing every year. From 1995 to 2012, Germany’s international road freight grew by 44 percent78 percent of total goods transport is currently carried out by road.

If temporary controls, such as in Denmark and Sweden, were to be implemented by Germany or its neighbours, the economic costs of delays would be considerable.

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