Improved Cost Management at Small and Medium Sized Road Transport Companies: Case Hungary

  • Zoltan Bokor Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Rita Markovits-Somogyi HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte. Ltd. Co.
Keywords: cost calculation, road freight transport, multi-level, cost allocation,


Small and medium sized road freight transport companies located in Hungary are facing strong competition on the logistics market. An advanced cost management system supporting decisions on capacity allocations or pricing may be a competitive advantage for them and indirectly for the whole economy as well. Still, they generally apply simple, traditional cost calculation regimes, potentially sufficient in case of a homogeneous service portfolio. Nevertheless, road haulage companies with heterogeneous service structures may witness information distortions when using traditional costing methods. So it might be recommended for them to introduce better costing principles. To support an improved transport costing, a multi-level full cost allocation model has been set up and tested in this paper. The research results have pointed out that such a methodological development accompanied by the extension of the data collection mechanism can contribute to making the cost management systems of road freight transport companies more effective.

Author Biography

Rita Markovits-Somogyi, HungaroControl Hungarian Air Navigation Services Pte. Ltd. Co.
Technical Development Division, system engineer


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Bokor Z, Markovits-Somogyi R. Improved Cost Management at Small and Medium Sized Road Transport Companies: Case Hungary. Promet [Internet]. 2015Oct.28 [cited 2023Apr.1];27(5):417-28. Available from: