Between 2012 and 2022, transport activity on the EU’s inland waterways was volatile, according to a Eurostat survey made public on Thursday. Since 2017, the data have shown alternating rises and falls in activity, with the data for 2022 showing a substantial decrease of -10% (13 billion tonne-kilometres) compared with 2021. The largest decrease in 2022 compared with 2021 was recorded in Bulgaria (-35%).
A decrease was observed in all EU countries, except in Lithuania (+251%) and Finland (+31%).
In, a similar trend was also observed in terms of tonnes, with a drop of -5% (or 29 million tonnes).