BRUSSELS. The lockdown costs Italy something like six million goods of various kinds never delivered. Between border closures, production stops, teleworking and confinements of all kinds, road transport has seen many, many trucks not circulating on the country’s road and motorway network. The result is that in the peak of the pandemic, from April to June 2020, the boot was crossed by 29,493,000 tons of goods and products, 4.9 million fewer on a quarterly scale (January-March 2020) and even 5.9 millions on an annual scale (April-June 2019, when the volume of goods per kilometer traveled had registered 35.4 million tons).
A phenomenon, that of the stop of the lorries and the decrease in the circulation of goods, not only in Italy. Throughout the territory of the Italian Union, during the most acute phase of the health crisis, about 45 million tons of goods of various kinds were missing in the EU.
“The blockades and other measures imposed by many Member States in 2020 to counter the COVID-19 pandemic had a negative impact on road freight transport, particularly in the second quarter of 2020”, explains Eurostat in the accompanying note to data made public today. The good news is that the second quarter of 2020 is also the period at the end of which the economy started up again, and this allowed us to have full shops and restocked businesses back.
Road freight transport returned to even higher levels than before the pandemic in the third and fourth quarter of 2020. A trend that is also valid for the Italian case. In the last part of last year, the volume of truck traffic was 35.1 million tons, in line with those of the end of 2019.