In 2003, 515 million tonnes of freight were carried in Austria – 175 kilogramme a day for every man, woman and child in the country. More than two kilogramme of freight are transported for every Euro of Austria's gross domestic product (GDP).
The Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (bmvit) is keen to provide as much information about trans-Alpine freight traffic as possible. To that end it has cooperated for many years with the governments of Switzerland and France. In 2004 a comprehensive survey of trans-Alpine freight transport was held.