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Competition in East-West Road Transport Markets: Providing Opportunities for All
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Competition in East-West Road Transport Markets: Providing Opportunities for All

In the international freight and passenger road transport market, strong competition exists between western and eastern European transport operators. As a result of the opening of markets, operators have gained better access to transport markets traditionally closed to foreign nationals. The consequence is that market shares of the various national operators have shifted in favour of the most competitive. The competitive position is determined by a number of factors, including the cost factor, productivity, and the scope of the market in which they offer their services. The objectives of the pilot study are to produce a comprehensive background document comprising a compilation of available sources of information and to analyse the available sources on the subjects of cost structures, profitability, and productivity in east-west road transport. The study highlights the different issues that operators from both western and eastern Europe will need to address to be able to compete effectively throughout the expanded single market that will result from EU enlargement. The present document is an executive summary of the pilot study.

Published on: 01/01/2001 - 16:25
Author: IRU
Type of document: Reports & publications
Category: Passenger transport, Economy/Trade facilitation
Region: Europe
Size: 10 pages