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Couriers and local delivery service providers' global market share 2010-2018

With a market share of 39 percent, DHL has grown since 2010 to become the global leader of the courier, express and parcel delivery market. This growth has largely come at the expense of FedEx, whose market share has declined to 24 percent.

Global products

Although DHL are the global leader, in the Americas both FedEx and United Parcel Service (UPS) maintain a higher market share. FedEx also operates a much larger air cargo service than DHL, being the largest cargo airline in the world. However, DHL are a much larger provider of third-party logistics than the other courier companies, also being the global leader in this industry. UPS is also a significant player in this market.

Consolidated size

The differing specializations of each company mean that, when sales from all services are consolidated, DHL remains the largest delivery and logistics provider in terms of revenue – but not by much. In 2018, UPS reported consolidated revenue of within one billion U.S. dollars of DHL, and FedEx was only 3.4 billion dollars behind. Overall, the courier, express and parcel market, which excludes delivery and logistics services for freight, was valued at 306.18 billion euros in 2018.

Market share of the leading courier service providers worldwide from 2010 to 2018*

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Release date

October 2019



Survey time period

2010 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The figures refer to the time definite international segment; values for 2015 and 2016 were not available.
2017 figures were taken from a previous presentation which can be accessed here.
2014 data was taken from this presentation.
Values from 2010 to 2013 were taken from a previous presentation which can be accessed here.

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