Growing industrial production leads to further fall in European transport capacity surplus

  • Compared to June, 17.3% less road transport capacity was available in the first two weeks of July on the European spot market.

  • Year on year surplus capacity has fallen (-3.7% compared to July 2019)

  • The positive price trend observed in June has continued in July with a slight increase of 2.3% compared to the previous month.

  • Year on year, however, prices remain at a depressed level at -8.9% compared to July 2019.

  • Reduced capacity surplus and improved prices in early July are mainly due to increased industrial output.

  • In the automotive industry surplus transport capacity fell by 24.4% while prices rose by 3.5% compared to May.

  • Within the fast-moving consumer goods sector, surplus capacity fell by 9.1% while prices rose 2.8% over the same period.


This is the result of the current evaluation of the transport market monitor (TMM). The online service is provided by Tim Consult on the basis of transport data of more than 1.8 million freight loads per year. The processed transport data, stemming from the spot market, are provided by Transporeon, the European market leader for cloud-based platforms in transport logistics.

Source: Transporeon


“The first weeks of July have shown that increased industrial output continues to have an impact on available transport capacity”, said Oliver Kahrs, Managing Director of Tim Consult, a Transporeon subsidiary. “After peaking in April, the capacity index has fallen continuously. Since May we have also seen a slow but steady recovery in prices. For carriers the current development offers hope of a gradual normalization. Nevertheless, spot market prices are almost 10% below last year’s level.”

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