Transportation & Logistics

As the transportation industry is becoming more technology-driven, great efforts are being undertaken towards sustainability. Global passenger demand is on the rise both in mature and emerging markets, where the population is becoming increasingly affluent and mobile. In terms of cargo transportation, trade relations between China, North America, and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) are forecast to drive up traffic demand over the coming years. While cargo aircraft are often used to transport mail, animals, and dangerous items, bulk products are typically carried by railways, trucks, and ships. In the logistics industry, intermodal freight traffic is the most common choice to move consumer goods, as freight that is shipped in containers can easily be moved interchangeably by trucks, railroads, and containerships.

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Industry Definition

The transport and logistics category provides information on passenger and freight transport. In terms of air transportation, data on passenger transport and cargo transport is available, as well as information about the leading airlines in this sector. Statista also provides data on water transportation, including container ship operators and major ports. Statistics on land transportation include information on motor vehicles, public transportation, and mobility services. Also available within this section is information about the leading car manufacturers and brands.

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