In this training material the special characteristics of freight transport in urban areas or municipal metropolitan areas are explained. As transport chains typically constitute both technically and also organisationally a unity, and the transport chains cross the geographical borders of metropolitan areas, an exclusive examination of urban freight transport is not possible.
Therefore, the following material covers the complete transport chain. Freight transport in urban areas is often brought together with the concept of 'city logistics'. City logistics, in the sense of supplying city centres with goods (in the form of freight), is a part of the theme dealt with here. However, freight transport in urban areas includes much more than only the maintenance and disposal from city centres.