Definition: Mode of transport
"Mode of transport" at the external frontier is one of the items of statistical data that are available for both intra-EU and extra-EU trade, although, from 1 January 2001, to reduce the burden on enterprises this information is not required from those below the "specific threshold" relating to intra-EU trade.
The mode is defined for outward flows as the active means of transport with which goods are presumed to leave the statistical territory of the Community for exports or of the Member State of dispatch for dispatches. For inward flows it is defined as the active means of transport with which the goods are presumed to have entered the statistical territory of the Community for imports or of the relevant Member State for arrivals.
The modes of transport required to be distinguished by EU legislation are:-
Fixed transport installations
Inland water transport
In addition, the legislation suggests further detail that Member States may wish to adopt in a harmonised way.
Eurostat, "Statistics on the trading of goods - User guide", Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, Luxembourg, 1998, p.31