, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 347–371 | Cite as

Recent developments in national and international freight transport models within Europe

  • Gerard de Jong
  • Inge Vierth
  • Lori Tavasszy
  • Moshe Ben-Akiva


The past decade has seen many new freight transport models for use in transport planning by public authorities. Some of these models have developed new concepts, such as logistics modules, inclusion of transshipments, storage and sourcing and the determination of shipment size. This paper provides a review of the European literature on freight transport models that operate at the national or international level and have been developed since 2004. The introduction of elements of logistics thinking is identified as a common theme in recently developed models, and further worked out. Furthermore, ideas on what might be the next key developments in freight transport modelling are presented.


Freight transport models Logistics National and international freight transport 



The authors would like to thank the participants of the CTS-Seminar on European and National Freight Transport Models in Stockholm on 1 March 2011 for their inputs and anonymous reviewers as well as the editor in chief for their useful comments on earlier versions of this paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerard de Jong
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Inge Vierth
    • 1
  • Lori Tavasszy
    • 4
    • 5
  • Moshe Ben-Akiva
    • 6
  1. 1.Centre for Transport ResearchVTI/KTHStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Institute for Transport StudiesUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  3. 3.SignificanceDen HaagThe Netherlands
  4. 4.TNODelftThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  6. 6.MITCambridgeUSA

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