articles | 02 December 2021

Cyprus top in EU for road transportation of dangerous goods

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% 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% in 2019, 12% in 2020), Belgium (10%, 9%) and Finland (8%, 7%). In contrast, Slovakia, Ireland, Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia recorded shares of dangerous goods of less than 2% 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% in 2019 and 53% in 2020). ‘Gases’ (compressed, liquefied or dissolved under pressure) accounted for 14% in 2019 and 15% in 2020, while ‘corrosives’ accounted for 12% 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%) 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%.

Source: Cyprus Mail

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