Forecast of volume growth of the transport and logistics industry Netherlands 2020

As of 2020, it is forecast that the total transport and logistics industry will have a volume growth of one percent. Looking at the various sectors of the industry, the logistics services and maritime transport are expected to have the highest volume growth at three percent, whereas the road transport is forecast to have 2.5 percent volume growth. The number of new companies in the transport and logistic industry saw a volume growth from the third quarter of 2018 onwards. In this quarter, there were 1,733 new companies, whereas by the first quarter of 2019 this increased to 2,366 new companies.

Total road and waterway freight

The total road freight transport in the Netherlands slightly decreased in 2012, before increasing steadily again in the period between 2013 and 2018. In 2012, the total freight transported amounted to approximately 680 million tons. By 2018, roughly 760 million tons of freight was transported by road in the Netherlands. Observing the total inland waterway freight transport, it slightly increased from 311 million tons of freight in 2016 to 313 million tons in 2018. The highest waterway freight transport volume was reached in 2014 with a total of 316 million tons of freight that was transported by ship.

Largest transport companies in the Netherlands

Raben Group, a Dutch logistics group, had a revenue of roughly 1.14 billion euros in 2017. Therefore, the company was the largest transport company in the Netherlands based on revenue. Ewals Cargo Care had a revenue of 600 million euros, whereas Den Hartogh Logistics generated over 450 million euros of revenue 2017.

Forecast of volume growth of the transport and logistics industry in the Netherlands in 2020, by sector

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January 2020



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