UK Trade with EU: Large Goods Vehicles

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 31 May 2022.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of unladen lorries (a) entering the EU from the UK and (b) entering the UK from the EU in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Trudy Harrison Trudy Harrison Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The requested information is set out in the tables below. This information was sourced from the Port Freight statistics which can be found here (Annual statistics for UK port freight traffic for 2020) and here (Downloadable Excel file which summarises UK major port freight traffic statistics from 2000-2020).

Number of unladen lorries entering the EU from the UK

Year

Amount

2010

669,316

2011

599,257

2012

653,738

2013

720,417

2014

751,798

2015

785,011

2016

802,465

2017

806,399

2018

742,517

2019

727,517

2020

666,304

In total from 2010-2020 this adds up to be 7,924,739 unladen vehicles entering the EU from the UK.

Number of unladen lorries entering the UK from the EU

2010

87,225

2011

69,076

2012

103,685

2013

99,367

2014

112,053

2015

67,256

2016

61,855

2017

71,008

2018

75,407

2019

80,783

2020

70,636

In total from 2010-2020 this adds up to be 898,351 unladen vehicles entering the UK from the EU.

Following EU Exit, the market access arrangements allow the vast majority of UK haulage journeys to and from the EU to continue as they did before the end of the transition period.

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