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U.S. 3PL logistics market - gross revenue 2000-2019

Gross revenue generated by the U.S. third-party logistics industry from 2000 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)

by E. Mazareanu, last edited Aug 20, 2019
U.S. 3PL logistics market - gross revenue 2000-2019 Third-party logistics is a growing industry in the United States, with total industry revenue expected to reach 195 billion U.S. dollars in 2019 - 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 869 billion U.S. dollars in revenue in 2017, and has been growing faster than the U.S. market, increasing by around 60 percent since 2010.
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Gross revenue generated by the U.S. third-party logistics industry from 2000 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)

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