Transport capacity

Transport capacity: How many goods can be transported?

Sufficient transport capacity is required to successfully deliver a product or certain individual parts to their destination. This refers to resources in the form of trucks, containers and transportation services that producers can use. A typical example of limited transport capacity is rail, where only a limited number of trains, wagons and slots are available to travel on routes.

The more this transport route is used or demanded, the higher the prices rise. This in turn influences the type of goods that can be transported economically from A to B on the basis of these transports. In other areas, too, it is sometimes the case that transport capacities do not grow to the same extent as transport requirements (mainly due to higher demand and production) - a shortage then arises that influences pricing.

This is aggravated by the fact that certain goods cannot be transported by other means. For example, standardized ISO containers are not suitable for every transport route, and if they are, then only for transport between individual hubs. There are also certain restrictions in air and sea transport, for example, which exclude the transportation of individual goods. This means that although there may be sufficient transport capacity, it cannot actually be used.

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