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'Number of goods moved by road falls, thanks to recession'

03 December 2010

The latest transport statistics reveal the damage done to Wales’ haulage industry by the recession, according to a report in the Western Mail

The report says imports and exports of goods by road fell sharply as manufacturers, retailers and farmers across Wales suffered during the slump last year.

“Welsh hauliers said the effect on the transport industry had been devastating with scores of smaller firms stopping trading or selling up to bigger organisations,” reported the Western Mail. “Even though most sectors had picked up in the past 12 months, hauliers said many firms were still struggling.”

The report further said that the figures released by the Welsh Assembly Government’s statistics unit for 2009 showed exports by road fell 5% when compared to a year earlier while imports slumped 16%. “The UK officially entered a recession in the three months that began in April 2008 and official statistics show the economy started growing again in the final quarter of 2009 after an unprecedented six quarters, or 18 months in which economic activity fell.”

The Mail reported Ian Jarman, of Owens Road Services in Llanelli, as saying: “It was an extremely difficult year for the haulage industry. We did see volumes fall in all sectors from steel to fast-moving consumer goods, automotive and the food industry.

“Of course at the same time, we were dealing with high petrol prices and the continuing problems caused by the Severn Bridge tolls.”

Jarman said many smaller hauliers had disappeared and were continuing to disappear, and that although the volume of goods being transported by road had since started to rise.


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