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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 5.7 trillion euros. The Asia-Pacific region was the leading logistics market in 2020.

Freight forwarding under pressure due to capacity concerns

With 161 billion euros market size, the global freight forwarding market provides the logistics industry quicker and easier solutions to the transportation process, with DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, and DB Schenker being the leading companies in this market. As of April 2021, Danish company DSV Panalpina was the world’s largest trucking company.

Air freight - more important than ever

Since 2004, worldwide air logistics traffic continued to grow somewhat steadily with the exception of 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic started and reached 66.2 million metric tons in 2021. FedEx, UPS, and Qatar Airways are the major airlines worldwide by international and domestic freight tonne-kilometers.

Maritime shipping was hit by supply chain disruptions

The maritime trade transport volume dropped to 10.65 billion metric tons in 2020, while the international seaborne trade carried by container ships increased exponentially to 1.85 billion tons loaded in 2020. In that same year, Kuehne + Nagel was the world’s leading ocean freight forwarder based on ocean freight TEUs.

Rail freight

In 2019, the global rail freight traffic amounted to around 9.3 trillion tonne kilometers and is expected to reach roughly 12 trillion-ton kilometers by 2025. This sector in Asia, America, and Europe has an increasing trend, while in Africa the trend is volatile or declining.

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