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U.S. 3PL logistics market - revenue 2010-2018

Third-party logistics is a growing industry in the United States, with total industry revenue reaching 213.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 - almost double the 2009 figure. Moreover, there has been a year-on-year increase in revenue every year during this period.

Third-party logistics

Third-party logistics, or 3PL is the practice of an organization outsourcing some or all of its inventory management, distribution and order fulfillment operations to a third party. Transportation of goods, both domestically and internationally, are the most common services outsourced, closely followed by warehousing. Clearly the 3PL market is of more value to industries which produce goods that need to be transported, with the technology and automotive industries being the two largest users of 3PL services.

3PL globally

While the United States has the largest 3PL market of any single country, when considered regionally the Asia-Pacific market is around 50 percent larger than the North American market. This is perhaps not surprising given the Asia Pacific region is home not only to China – often called the world’s factory – but several of other countries with significant manufacturing sectors such as Japan, India and South Korea. Overall, the global 3PL industry generated 931.9 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2018 and has been growing faster than the U.S. market.

Revenue generated by the U.S. third-party logistics (3PL) industry from 2010 to 2018

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In cooperation with
Armstrong & Associates
Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The figures prior to 2018 were taken from previous editions.

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