Confederation of Swedish Enterprise (Svenskt Näringsliv)
Transportpolitikens kostnader och näringslivets konkurrenskraft
Cost efficient transports are vital to firms in Sweden, especially due to the country’s remote location and relatively poor access to main markets in Europe. The Confederation of Swedish Enterprise argues that current transport policies do not take into account the negative impact of taxes and fees on the competitiveness of firms in Sweden. Copenhagen Economics was hired to shed some light on this problem and suggest how it can be resolved.
The main conclusions of our study are:
- The effects of transport policy costs, such as taxes and fees, on the competitiveness of firms in Sweden are not well understood. Data and models currently used are not designed for this purpose.
- The implication is that the negative impact of proposals to increase taxes and fees on the costs and competitiveness of firms in Sweden are probably underestimated.
- Data and model development is needed in order to correct this, which requires time, effort and cooperation between relevant agencies and key stakeholders in the private sector. Directives and additional means from the government are probably needed to get this work off the ground.
The study was commissioned by the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise. Download