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The river transport market - France

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MARKET OVERVIEW

1.1 Definition and scope of study

River transport covers all travel on inland waterways, i.e. canals, navigable waterways and rivers. It is also possible to navigate on waterways that have been developed (artificial or canalized rivers in particular).

There are two "types" of river transport:

1. River passenger transport, which includes :

  • River tourism, including cruises and excursions;
  • Pleasure boating;
  • Public transport, on specific sites such as Lake Annecy, which remains marginal today.

2. Freight transport:

  • This mainly concerns major waterways, and is both economical and reliable;
  • Suitable for moving large volumes of goods;
  • Avoids the congestion often encountered on roads.

Today, river freight transport is a key mode of transport for achieving the ecological transition objectives set by governments, although it has been in decline for some years. To remedy this, a number of measures have been put in place, including an increase in the number of waterways and financial investment by the French government in Voies Navigables de France (VNF).

France is the European country with the longest river network to date, with no less than 8,500 km of waterways, but it is also one of the countries that makes the least use of this network for goods transport, with only 3% of total traffic passing through the river network. However, there has been clear growth in the volume transported by waterways, with a growth rate of 20% in 2019 compared with 2018. This is a sector that is regaining momentum, and the economic stakes for the future are high.

1.2 European river freight transport on the decline

inland waterway freight transport in Europe is experiencing a slight decline. Indeed, after an insignificant evolution until ****, the quantity of goods had an unusual decrease in **** of *.*% confirmed by a year **** also relatively weak.

evolution of goods transported by inland waterways European Union, **** - ****, thousand tonnes Source: ****

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1.3 The French market

waterborne transport in France includes maritime, coastal and river transport. It is important to note that river transport represents a very small part of waterborne transport in France. In fact, the total sales of river transport corresponded to only *% of the sales of waterborne transport in France. It is also important ...

1.4 Impact of the Covid-19 crisis

As we saw earlier, the health crisis has had a major impact on passenger transport in France. The following graph shows the extent to which the seasonality of activity has been disrupted in ****. Note that the graph is based on ***, taking the average level reached in **** to be equal to ***. In ...

DEMAND ANALYSIS

2.1 Demand by type of goods transported

it's important to note that river freight transport in France accounts for a very small share of all inland freight transport in France. In fact, the majority of freight is transported by road, well ahead of rail, which itself accounts for a much larger share than river transport. It is interesting ...

2.2 Decline in international river freight transport

The French river network is also used to transport goods traded internationally. The figure below shows that the latter has been declining slightly since ****, while domestic freight traffic is showing a slight upward trend. Thus, a gap is slowly opening up between these quantities of goods.

Transport on the French network France, ...

2.3 Demand for river passenger transport on the decline

the breakdown of household consumption of transport services shows that sea and river transport represent a very small share of total passenger transport activity in France (***). It is interesting to note that, despite the sharp drop in air traffic in **** due to the health crisis, sea and river transport is the ...

MARKET STRUCTURE

3.1 A high concentration of traffic on the widest lanes

A look at the typology of French-licensed vessels shows that vessels weighing between *** and *** tonnes and those over *,*** tonnes account for more than half of the total. Fleet of licensed boats France, ****, number of boats Source: SDES This distribution is strongly correlated with that of the waterway network. Waterways suitable for ...

3.2 Freight traffic on the Seine

a study of the distribution of transport by river basin shows a clear lead for the Seine over all the other river basins, which have been at relatively similar levels since ****. The Seine accounted for over **% of French river transport in ****. For almost all river basins, we can see stagnation, with ...

OFFER ANALYSIS

4.1 Price trends for river freight transport

The price of transporting goods generally depends on the volume and weight of the goods, the distance of the journey, and the mode of transport used. Freight and warehousing price indices can be used to visualize the dynamics of price trends for the various means of transporting goods. We can see ...

4.2 River passenger transport offer

Passenger river transport in France can be broken down into three sub-sections: promenade cruises, cruises with accommodation and urban mobility[***].

The promenade cruise corresponds to a trip lasting from one hour to a full day. This tourist offer is mainly available in major French cities. Services range from simple promenade cruises ...

4.3 Development of electric river transport

The main industry dynamic in France is the development of electric boats, with Green River Cruises, for example, launching its first ***% electric tour boat in October ****. The company now offers several types of cruises on the Seine with "Between friends" or "Between colleagues" formulas ranging from a one-hour half-tour of the ...

REGULATIONS

5.1 Tax advantages for river transport

When transporting goods by inland waterway, prices must be set according to :

The services provided by the carrier; The length of time the vehicle is immobilized during loading and unloading; The time required to transport the freight; Fuel costs.

France has a number of tax provisions specific to domestic shipping.

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5.2 Plan to revive France's waterways

French waterways have been the focus of several development projects.

The French government sees river transport as an ecological objective. For example, the public body Voies Navigables de France, responsible for the national river network, will benefit from over *** million euros to be invested in modernization work in **** and ****. This organization ...

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