Cabotage, meaning the national carriage of goods for hire or reward carried out by non-resident hauliers on a temporary basis in a host Member State, is governed by Regulation (EC) 1072/2009 as of 14 May 2010.
This regulation replaced Regulations (EEC) No 881/92 and (EEC) No 3118/93, as well as Directive 2006/94/EC. The aim of the regulation is to improve the efficiency of road freight transport by reducing empty trips after the unloading of international transport operations.
Article 8 of the Regulation provides that every haulier is entitled to perform up to three cabotage operations within a seven days period starting the day after the unloading of the international transport.
A haulier may decide to carry out one, two or all three cabotage operations in different Member States and not necessarily the Member State in which the international transport was delivered. In this case only one cabotage operation is allowed in a given Member State to be carried out within three days of entering that Member State without cargo.
Regulation (EC) No 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market (Articles 8 and 9 only)
Policy and other related documents
Study: Road Cabotage in the freight transport market
Cabotage in Croatia by hauliers from the rest of the EU and cabotage by Croatian hauliers in the rest of the EU between 1 July 2015 and 30 June 2017 [619 KB]