German shipping freight shows decline

Freight transport on Germany’s inland waterways fell by 11.1 percent in 2018, the German Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) has said.

According to Destatis, a total of 198 million tons of goods were transported via German inland waterways last year, a significant drop from 222.7 million tons in 2017.

The reason for the “massive decline” would have been the low water levels of Germany’s most important inland waterways during the second half of 2018, according to Destatis.

In the months from August to December 2018, transport volumes of German inland shipping fell by double-digit percentages compared to the same months of the previous year. The strongest decline was registered in November, with 34 percent less transported goods. In the first half of 2018, the volume of German inland shipping fell only slightly by 1.1 percent.