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Consequenses of Covid-19 on the freight transport industry in Norway

Authors: Inger Beate Hovi, Daniel Ruben Pinchasik
Report nr: 1913/2022
ISBN (digital version): 978-82-480-1969-5
Language: Norwegian
Attachments Sammendrag - in Norwegian only
Full report - in Norwegian only

Norway’s lockdown in March 2020 caused much uncertainty. Both nationally and internationally, activities in the transport and logistics industry were immediately categorized as critical for society. While passenger transport fell strongly due to travel restrictions, working from home and societal lockdowns, freight transport volumes only saw reductions during a short period. Transport volumes for road and rail freight hardly changed from 2019 to 2020, but domestic waterborne transport did fall somewhat. Reductions in transport volumes for the three modes as a whole were primarily due to reduced passenger transport. One freight segment, home deliveries, grew strongly, driven by a transition from private consumers’ demand for services, to increased demand for goods. The report’s objective has been to study how extraordinary circumstances during the pandemic affected freight transport, from a domestic perspective. This includes themes ranging from overall transport volumes to specific changes in different market segments, access to labor, the largest challenges faced by transporters, and cost developments.


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