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Following a seasonal recovery at the beginning of the year, available transport capacity has been declining again since March

23 May 2018

The thirty-fifth edition of the Transport Market Monitor by Capgemini Consulting and Transporeon assesses European transport and haulage dynamics

Utrecht, May 22, 2018 – The thirty-fifth edition of the Transport Market Monitor (TMM) by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting reveals that following a seasonal recovery at the beginning of the year, available transport capacity has been declining again since March.

Main highlights of the report:

  • In Q1 2018, the capacity index increased by 53.3% to 110.1 compared to the previous quarter. Compared to Q1 2017 the index value of Q1 2018 is 2.4% lower.
  • The price index decreased in Q1 2018 to an index of 92.1, which is a decrease of 14.7% compared to Q4 2017 (index 107.9). Compared to the price index of Q1 2017, the price index increased by 7.1%.
  • From the previous quarter, the diesel index increased 3%. Compared to the same period last year, this year is 3% higher.
  • The European Trade Flow Index is expected to increase by 18.3% in Q1 2018.

Lars Vitters, Supply Chain Manager at Capgemini, notes: “Despite the anticipated growth in European trade volumes the capacity index showed significant growth with a peak index of 131.9 in February 2018. Notwithstanding this overcapacity costs of transportation increased with over 7% compared to Q1 last year. We see a direct correlation with the rising fuel and driver shortage across Europe. Add to this the expected salary increases of drivers which are being negotiated across Europe. We therefore expect costs of transportation to further rise throughout the year.”

Oliver Kahrs, Director, Business Development at Transporeon, adds: After a seasonal recovery of the available transport capacity at the beginning of the year, shippers in March once more had significantly less free loading space available. Transport prices in Q1 were 7% above previous year’s level. This could indicate expectations of the service providers that capacities will again become scarcer during the year, as they already did in 2017. This assumption is supported by our most recent internal figures, as well as by statements of the European Commission, which continues to forecast robust economic growth in Europe.”

More details can be found in the Transport Market Monitor on

The Transport Market Monitor by Transporeon and Capgemini Consulting is a quarterly publication that aims to track transport market dynamics.

The aim of the Transport Market Monitor is to provide insights in the development of transport prices, and other transport market dynamics to logistics executives and other interest groups. It is a joint initiative from TRANSPOREON and Capgemini Consulting. The Index is based on the logistics platform TRANSPOREON on which shippers tender and process their transport needs to their preferred transport partners on a daily basis. Anonymously, information is unlocked from the platform and analysed by Capgemini Consulting. This results in monthly Indices which are published on a quarterly basis.


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Transporeon is the cloud-based logistics platform that enables a worldwide collaborative network of logistics professionals. This global platform for intelligent transport logistics creates a digital connection between shippers and carriers, achieving smarter, transparent and more cost-effective movement of goods around the world. By digitising the entire logistics supply chain, it also enables real communication and collaboration across the worldwide shipper-carrier community.

The company links a global network of more than 1,000 shippers (manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers), 65,000 carriers (logistics and transportation service providers, 3PLs, freight forwarders, and brokers), and more than 100,000 users in over 100 countries through a range of software-as-a-service solutions currently available in 24 language versions.

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