Road transport is a component of all supply chains. In most European markets it is virtually the only mode. Latvia and Estonia are the only countries where road is not the dominant mode of transport.
From a supply chain perspective, road transport provides an efficient, cost-effective means of delivering goods from source - factory or port of entry - to destination. While goods are unitised, the main carrier will be the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV). Once a container load has been broken down, a whole rang of road vehicles are used, from soft-sided trucks to light goods vehicles - the white van of urban legend.
As the majority of freight is transported by road, alterations to driver hours and working time legislation have changed the choice of optimum inland location for logistics providers, especially for those seeking to distribute on a pan-European basis.
Source : Keops-Colliers International