The inland navigation transport volume in Europe accounted for more 500 million tons in 2014. 

These flows are relatively unequally distributed, as more than 2/3 of the traffic is concentrated on the Rhine region (Rhine and tributaries). The density of the traffic is indeed strongly correlated with the economic development of the different regions and with the economic growth potential of the EU member states. In addition to the state of the economy, natural influencing factors, like the water levels, also affect transportation.

Inland navigation transported volumes  in Europe from 2011 until 2013 (in 1000T)

Source: CCNR Secretariat based on national authorities

Inland navigation prestations in Europe from 2011 until 2013 (in T/km)

Source: Estimation of the CCNR Secretariat

Owing to the escalation in the EU debt crisis, a slowdown and a fall in industrial production, company expectations and also transport demand in inland navigation have been weakened from 2009 onwards. However, the worst now seems to be overcome in important industrial sectors (steel industry, chemical industry) and a turn for the better has already been noticed from 2012 onwards.