Logistics industry worldwide - Statistics & Facts

The logistics industry facilitates the trade entrepreneurial activities between two or more parties by means of transporting, storing and delivering goods through either B2B, B2C or C2C supply chain networks. At the present time, logistics companies implement cargo transportation services by land, air and water while adapting to the changing nature of the economic patterns and digitization. This industry is one of the backbones of international trade worth over 5.5 trillion euros in 2018. As of 2018, Germany was the leading logistics market globally, while China’s Railway Corp. was the third main logistics company based on freight revenue.

With a 151.9 billion euros market size, the global freight forwarding market provides the logistics industry quicker and easier solutions to the transportation process, with DHL Supply Chain, Kuehne + Nagel, and Panalpina being the leading companies in this market. As of June 2019, Danish company DSV was the world’s largest trucking company based on market value.

In 2018, global rail freight traffic amounted to around nine trillion-ton kilometers and is expected to reach roughly 12 trillion-ton kilometers by 2025. This sector in America and Europe has an increasing trend, while in Asia and Africa the trend is volatile or declining.

Since 2004, worldwide air logistics traffic continued to grow somewhat steadily and reached 61.2 million metric tons in 2019. In that year, Qatar Airways was the third major leading airline worldwide by international and domestic freight tonne-kilometers.

The maritime trade transport volume amounted to approximately 11 billion metric tons in 2018, while the international seaborne trade carried by container ships increased exponentially from 1980 to 2017. In 2019, DB Schenker was the world’s fourth leading ocean freight forwarder based on ocean freight TEUs.

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