Cyprus carries the most dangerous freight in EU

Cyprus carries the most dangerous freight in EU 1

Cyprus recorded the highest share of dangerous goods transported within the EU (tonnes/ kilometres) well above the EU average which sits at 4% says Eurostat.

According to the report, the Member States that recorded the highest shares of dangerous goods in their road transport were Cyprus (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.

Cyprus carries the most dangerous freight in EU 2
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%.