Projected 3.6% real growth in France's total trade to drive growth in all of country's freight transport modes in 2012, market researcher says; air freight tonnage to see largest growth at 3%, followed by rail tonnage, expected to grow at 2.4%

DUBLIN , December 12, 2011 (press release) – Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of the "France Freight Transport Report 2012" report to their offering.

BMI is forecasting growth in all of France's freight transport modes in 2012. This will be driven by a projected 3.6% real growth in France's total trade (imports plus exports). It is noted that there is considerable risk to this. Going into 2012 the Eurozone debt crises are yet to be put to bed, with serious implications for France.

Headline Industry Data

2012 Marseille Fos total tonnage throughput growth forecast at 4.4%, and to average 6.0% to 2016.
2012 French air freight tonnes forecast to grow by 3.0% and to average 4.2% to 2016.
2012 French road freight tonnage growth forecast at 1.4%, and to average 2.3% over the mid term.
2012 rail freight tonnage in France forecast to grow 2.4%, and to average 3.0% to from 2012 to 2016.
Tonnage carried on France's inland waterways is forecast to see growth of 2.0% in 2012, and to average 1.8% to 2016.

EUR4.5bn Canal to Bolster Green Credentials and Sarkozy's Popularity

In line with the EU's goal of moving freight off the roads and onto other modes of transport, France has launched one of Europe's largest and most ambitious engineering projects. It is hoped the EUR4.5bn Seine-Nord Canal will enhance France's environmental credentials while creating jobs and boosting the economy in post-industrial northern France.

Companies Mentioned:

SNCF Geodis
Air France KLM Cargo (AF-KL Cargo)

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