Global Freight Forwarding 2017

  • ID: 4318790
  • Report
  • Region: Global
  • 189 Pages
  • Transport Intelligence
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The Global Freight Forwarding Market is Estimated to Have Grown By 2.7% in Real Terms in 2016

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Agility
  • CEVA
  • DB Schenker Logistics
  • DSV
  • Kintetsu World Express
  • Nippon Express
  • MORE

The Global Freight Forwarding 2017 report contains more than a decade of market size and forecast data, profiles of the largest forwarders, trade lane analysis, an examination of the technology disrupting freight forwarding and the view from the industry thanks to freight forwarding survey. This is all put into context by the introductory chapter: the past, present and future of freight forwarding.

Exclusive highlights on technology in the freight forwarding industry:

  • The majority of start-up companies are looking to serve sector incumbents, but the more ambitious could potentially disrupt the industry
  • Several freight forwarding quotation and booking platforms are providing an increasingly compelling service
  • A profitability divide has already arisen between the companies investing in technology and those which are not
  • Artificial Intelligence will widen this divide

Exclusive highlights on the freight forwarding market size and forecasts:

  • The global freight forwarding market is estimated to have grown by 2.7% in real terms in 2016.
  • Both air and sea markets experienced higher growth than in 2015.
  • The North American air freight market experienced flat growth in 2016.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow faster than any other region between 2016 and 2020.

Key Findings:

  • The global freight forwarding market is estimated to have grown by 2.7% in real terms (excluding the impact of price and currency movements) in 2016. However, collapsing air and sea freight rates have seen revenues for most forwarders fall significantly.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to grow faster in real terms than any other region between 2016 and 2020.
  • The top three air and sea freight lanes offering the best prospects for volume growth in the next five years will originate in Asia, according to the Global Freight Forwarding Survey 2017.
  • Supply chain professionals acknowledge the threat of losing volume share to other parties such as carriers, tech start-ups, Amazon etc. over the next five years. A greater proportion of respondents expect this to occur in air freight than sea freight.
  • Freight forwarders continued to adapt their strategies and product solutions during 2016 to cope with the competitive pressures and market forces. Their strategies are being increasingly shaped by consumers’ demand for real-time information and visibility, urging forwarders to step up their investment in technology in order not to get left behind.
  • Excluding the impact of volume and rate changes, a majority of survey respondents see margin pressures in freight forwarding intensifying. 30% said they would remain about the same.
  • The majority of start-up companies are looking to serve sector incumbents, but the more ambitious could potentially disrupt the industry.
  • Several freight forwarding quotation and booking platforms are providing an increasingly compelling service.
  • A majority of those freight forwarders to have trialled online quotation and booking services have adopted them for official usage.
  • A profitability divide has already arisen between the companies investing in technology and those which are not. Artificial Intelligence will widen this divide.
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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Agility
  • CEVA
  • DB Schenker Logistics
  • DSV
  • Kintetsu World Express
  • Nippon Express
  • MORE

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Foreword by John Manners-Bell
1.2 Key Findings

2.0 The past, present and future of freight forwarding
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Globalisation and trade patterns
2.3 Volume Growth
2.4 Rates and Profitability
2.4.1 Rate Dynamics
2.4.2 The negative relationship between rates and margins
2.4.3 Structural trends
2.4.4 ‘Five Forces’ profitability analysis
2.5 Market concentration and value added services
2.6 Technology
2.7 Vertical sectors
2.8 Conclusion

3.0 The Global Freight Forwarding Survey 2017
3.1 Trade lane analysis
3.2 Profit margins in the global freight forwarding market
3.2.1 Freight forwarders’ strategies for sustaining profit margins
3.3 Market performance of the top 20 freight forwarders
3.4 Disintermediation in the freight forwarding market
3.5 Impact of regionalisation on freight forwarding revenues
3.6 Vertical sector growth opportunities
3.7 Use of online platforms
3.7.1 Performance evaluation of online platforms

4.0 Technology in the freight forwarding industry
4.1 Why forwarders will adapt and survive
4.2 The importance of digitisation in freight forwarding
4.3 What are the technologies changing the industry?
4.4 Spot Market Platforms
4.4.1 Spot Market Platforms: In practice
4.4.2 Spot Market Platforms: Service performance on selected routes
4.5 What are the technologies changing the industry?
4.5.1 Changes in the competitive landscape - Tech-based forwarding
4.5.2 Changes in the competitive landscape - Carrier disintermediation
4.5.3 Changes in the competitive landscape - e-commerce platforms

5.0 Freight forwarding by vertical sector
5.1 Global trade patterns
5.2 Top 10 regional trade flows
5.2.1 Regional trade flows of aerospace parts
5.2.2 Regional trade flows of fashion/textiles
5.2.3 Regional trade flows of electronics
5.2.4 Regional trade flows of machinery
5.2.5 Regional trade flows of optical, photo, technical and medical apparatus
5.2.6 Regional trade flows of agriculture, food and perishables
5.2.7 Regional trade flows of perishables
5.2.8 Regional trade flows of pharmaceuticals
5.2.9 Regional trade flows of cars
5.2.10 Regional trade flows of motor vehicle parts
5.2.11 Regional trade flows of chemical and allied sectors

6.0 Market size and forecast
6.1 Global freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.1.1 Global freight forwarding market size and forecast by region
6.1.2 Leading freight forwarders
6.1.2.1 Leading freight forwarders' market share
6.0 Market size and forecast (continued)
6.2 Global air freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.2.1 Global air freight forwarding market size and forecast by region
6.2.2 Leading air freight forwarders by revenue
6.2.2.1 Leading air freight forwarders' market share
6.2.3 Leading air freight forwarders by tonnage
6.3 Global sea freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.2.3.1 Leading air freight forwarders' market share
6.3.1 Global sea freight forwarding market size and forecast by region
6.3.2 Leading sea freight forwarders by revenue
6.3.2.1 Leading sea freight forwarders' market share
6.3.3 Leading sea freight forwarders by TEU
6.3.3.1 Leading sea freight forwarders' market share
6.4 Asia Pacific freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.4.1 Asia Pacific freight forwarding market size and forecast by country
6.5 Europe freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.5.1 Europe freight forwarding market size and forecast by country
6.6 Middle East and North Africa freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.6.1 Middle East and North Africa freight forwarding market size and forecast by country
6.7 North America freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.7.1 North America freight forwarding market size and forecast by country
6.8 Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.9 South America freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.9.1 South America freight forwarding market size and forecast by country
6.10 Sub-Saharan Africa freight forwarding market size and forecast
6.10.1 Sub-Saharan Africa freight forwarding market size and forecast by country

7.0 Profiles of major freight forwarders
7.1 Agility
7.1.1 Finances
7.1.2 SWOT analysis
7.2 Bolloré
7.2.1 Finances
7.2.2 SWOT analysis
7.3 CEVA
7.3.1 Finances
7.3.2 SWOT analysis
7.4 Damco
7.4.1 Finances
7.4.2 SWOT analysis
7.5 DB Schenker Logistics
7.5.1 Finances
7.5.2 SWOT analysis
7.6 DHL Global Forwarding
7.6.1 Finances
7.6.2 SWOT analysis
7.7 DSV
7.7.1 Finances
7.7.2 SWOT analysis
7.8 Expeditors
7.8.1 Finances
7.8.2 SWOT analysis
7.9 Kintetsu World Express
7.9.1 Finances
7.9.2 SWOT analysis
7.10 Kuehne + Nagel
7.10.1 Finances
7.10.2 SWOT analysis
7.11 Nippon Express
7.11.1 Finances
7.11.2 SWOT analysis
7.12 Panalpina
7.12.1 Finances
7.12.2 SWOT analysis
7.13 Sinotrans
7.13.1 Finances
7.13.2 SWOT analysis
7.14 SNCF Logistics
7.14.1 Finances
7.14.2 SWOT analysis
7.15 UPS
7.15.1 Finances
7.15.2 SWOT analysis

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Agility
  • CEVA
  • DB Schenker Logistics
  • DSV
  • Kintetsu World Express
  • Nippon Express
  • MORE

Global Freight Forwarding 2017 finds that the market grew by 2.7% in real terms in 2016, but stronger growth lies ahead

  • The global freight forwarding market is estimated to have grown by 2.7% in real terms in 2016. However, collapsing air and sea freight rates saw revenues for most forwarders fall significantly. The market is forecast to grow at a real 2016 to 2020 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1%, as global trade growth picks up.
  • The Global Freight Forwarding 2017 survey finds that excluding the impact of volume and rate changes, margin pressures for forwarders will intensify over the next five years, with investment in technology and offering new/more value-added services thought to be the most successful strategies to sustain margins. In addition, conventional forwarders are set to lose volume share to other parties, but the threat may be asymmetrical for air and sea.
  • Generally, there is little variation in gross profit margins among large forwarders: the difference between buy and sell rates is not where the game is won. What really differentiates them is how successful they are at turning their gross profit margin into underlying operating profit, as is evident from their varying conversion ratios.
  • Despite the perception that start-ups will have to dethrone incumbent logistics providers in order to succeed, the reality is that most of these emerging companies are set up to enhance or support today's successful forwarders. Nonetheless, a few of the more ambitious companies pose a direct threat, and their disruptive potential should not be taken lightly.
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  • Agility
  • Bolloré
  • CEVA
  • Damco
  • DB Schenker Logistics
  • DHL Global Forwarding
  • DSV
  • Expeditors
  • Kintetsu World Express
  • Kuehne + Nagel
  • Nippon Express
  • Panalpina
  • Sinotrans
  • SNCF Logistics
  • UPS
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