Freight Forwarding Services Industry
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Industry Analysis


Companies in this industry provide freight forwarding and customs brokerage services. Major companies include CH Robinson Worldwide, Expeditors International of Washington, and UPS Supply Chain Solutions (all based in the US), along with CEVA Logistics (France); DB Schenker and DHL Supply Chain (Germany); Kuehne + Nagel and Panalpina (Switzerland); Nippon Express (Japan); and Sinotrans (China).

Competitive Landscape

Demand is driven by domestic manufacturing output and levels of international trade. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations, extensive relationships in shipper and carrier networks, and industry expertise. Large companies have advantages in account relationships and access to advanced logistics technologies. Small operations can compete effectively by serving a local market, specializing in cargo transfer with specific countries, and facilitating the transport of unusual goods. The US industry is fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about a third of revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Unlike fully integrated carriers that own truck, rail, air, or ocean assets and transport cargo, freight forwarders arrange the transportation of goods without owning any transportation equipment or handling ("fingerprinting") the cargo. Customs brokers add another layer of expertise by facilitating the clearing of goods through international customs barriers. Most companies specialize in either freight forwarding or customs brokering, though some provide both.

Geographic Segmentation

See where the Freight Forwarding Services industry is concentrated geographically and research companies by financials and key corporate data.
Freight Forwarding Services Companies in this Country/Region:
Top Freight Forwarding Services Companies:
39019.0M | Australia
23396.644446M | Hong Kong
20869.0M | United States
18407.548235M | China
17182.41014M | Netherlands
16252.0M | United States
16207.106M | United States
15085.60038M | Switzerland
14801.81696M | Republic Of Korea
12843.76679M | China
12843.736461M | Hong Kong
9497.101165M | New Zealand
8610.690749M | Australia
8248.640125M | Australia
7740.0M | Hong Kong
7418.812152M | China
7146.862289M | Germany
7135.700458M | France
6982.557M | Singapore

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