Multi-sector How has European freight transport been impacted by restrictions at border crossings?

Many countries in the Schengen area have introduced border controls. UBS Evidence Lab tracks data on border wait times collected from hundreds of thousands of trucks in Europe. The dataset is updated weekly.

08 May 2020
  • Border crossings in Hungary and Switzerland have among the highest wait times in Europe, though they have fallen since early April.
  • Germany and Spain have among the lowest wait times.
  • The countries with the longest wait times (over 30 minutes) are Switzerland, Norway, and Hungary.
  • In contrast, countries such as Germany, France, Italy, and Spain have wait times in the 10-15 minute range.
  • Wait times for Poland have increased sharply vs. the previous week, while Norway fell.

Wait Times at Border Crossings in Hungary, Switzerland, Germany, Spain (minutes)

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Sixfold

Wait Times at Border Crossings in Poland and Norway (minutes)

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Sixfold

European Border Crossing Wait Times as of 1-May-20 (minutes)

Source: UBS Evidence Lab, Sixfold