Goods transport

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FSO News on goods transport

Around 61% of transport performance is carried out by road and 39% by rail. You can find the most important data on goods transport in Switzerland in the publication "Güterverkehr in der Schweiz/Le transport de marchandises en Suisse" (available in French and German).

Information on the goods transport survey

Have you been chosen to take part in the goods transport survey? Here you can find the internet questionnaire and all necessary information for this important survey.

The main figures

In Switzerland, the transport performance of goods transport by land (tonne-kilometres covered) increased by 18% between 2000 and 2016. Above all, this growth was seen in road transport. In transalpine goods traffic, rail's share remained quite stable over the same period. In 2016, it was 71%.

Key figures on goods transport
Goods transport performance
Transport performance in land transport (by road and rail) 27.8 billion tonne-km 2016
    Change +18% 2000–2016
    Rail share 39% 2016
Heavy road goods vehicles (more than 3.5 t)
Transport performance share in road goods transport 94% 2016
Light road goods vehicles (up to 3.5 t)
Kilometre performance share in road goods transport 66% 2016
Transalpine goods transport (through Switzerland)
Quantity carried 40.5 million net tonnes 2016
    Rail share 71% 2016
Transalpine trips by heavy goods vehicles 0.98 million 2016
    Change –3% 2015–2016
Sources: FSO – Goods transport statistics (GTS); FOT, FEDRO – Transalpine goods transport

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Goods transport performance

Data on the tonne-kilometres and vehicle-kilometres covered by road and rail and the quantities of goods carried

Transalpine goods transport

Data on the quantities transported and the number of journeys in transalpine goods transport by road and rail


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