Parcel shipping is a booming business. Especially e-commerce has had a big impact on shipping volumes and spend. In total, there were 65 billion parcels shipped worldwide in 2016, according to Pitney Bowes. This constitutes a 48 percent increase compared to 2014.
The United States is the biggest market by parcel spend ($96 billion) but cedes the top spot to China when it comes to sheer volume (31 billion units). This chart considers parcels that were shipped from business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business and consumer consigned shipments with a weight up to 31.5 kg (70 pounds).