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Regional Variations in Freight Cost

Regional Variations in Freight Cost

An investigation of freight costs in the regions of Great Britain shows that Scotland, Northern and East Anglia have the highest costs; but the differences appear to be relatively small. Freight cost is of varying importance to industries, some of which are local and some international. Attempts to reduce this cost should therefore be selective.

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