Global Freight Forwarding 2008

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What’s the future for the Global Freight Forwarding Industry?

Global Freight Forwarding

Freight forwarding has been one of the most successful sectors of the global logistics industry over the past decade. Substantial growth has been achieved due to the trend of globalisation which has led manufacturing to locate to remote markets around the world. The development of economies such as the Chinese, Indian, Russian, Middle East and Latin America has created the demand for international forwarding services that the global players such as DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Schenker and UPS have been quick to exploit.

However the global economic environment in which these companies have prospered is becoming much more challenging. The ‘credit crunch’ brought to an end a prolonged period of growth for the US economy, and the downturn has spread, first to the UK and then to Europe. Its impact is now being felt in some Asia Pacific markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore which rely heavily on western export markets.

In conjunction with the turmoil in the financial markets, the oil price has spiralled, making the cost of transportation significantly more expensive. Sourcing goods from remote markets is now not so attractive to western manufacturers and retailers and this may have major implications for global supply chain management strategies. Some companies have suggested that production and distribution will evolve to a national/regional model rather than global.

Many forwarders have so far shrugged off the economic slowdown, benefiting from their exposure to a range of markets. Weakness in eastbound trans-Pacific volumes, for example, was mitigated by growing exports out of the US (due to a weak dollar) and strong Asia Pacific-Europe development.

However even the most agile forwarders will find it hard to achieve recent growth rates if the economic malaise spreads to all key markets. In addition to this, the rise in fuel costs will inevitably shrink margins although falling rates, caused by overcapacity on key lanes, should provide some relief.

There is no doubt that forwarders will need to be highly responsive to market conditions if they are to prosper in the new economic environment. Opportunities will remain, but there is little doubt that a ‘golden’ period of growth is at an end.

What will you learn from Global Freight Forwarding 2008?

The latest edition of Global Freight Forwarding 2008 contains analysis of:

  • The state of the forwarding market
  • Key trends and developments in 2007 and the first half of 2008
  • The structure and drivers of the market and their implications for the future of the market

In addition, the report contains market sizing and 5 year forecasts by sector (air and sea) for:

  • Europe (including Central & Eastern Europe)
  • Asia Pacific
  • North America
  • South America
  • Middle East
  • Africa

Following a major research programme, the report for the first time contains market sizing and forecasts for 40 individual countries including all major and developing economies.

These include USA, Canada, Mexico; EU-15 plus Norway and Switzerland; China, Japan, India, South Korea plus many more.

In addition the report provides market shares for the leading players and ranking of the largest air and sea freight forwarders in terms of revenues, air tonnage and teus shipped.

Finally, the report contains profiles of all the leading freight forwarders providing financial, operational and strategic insight into the key players.

Market share, size and forecasts

Market share in the Air Freight Forwarding
Market share in the Air Freight Forwarding Sector

Global Freight Forwarding 2008 includes market sizes, growth rates and forecasts by air and sea sectors broken down regionally (North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific) and by the leading country markets.

In addition, the report contains an exclusive and wholly independent source of market share figures. The report ranks the leading players in the total freight forwarding market as well as those in the individual air and sea freight sectors by air tonnage, teus shipped and by revenue.

Trade maps

Trade Map: Textiles and Clothing
Trade Map: Textiles and Clothing

Contained within the report are the latest figures from the World Trade Organisation providing an insight into the world’s largest trade lanes. Figures have been broken down by Ti analysts to provide an insight into the value of global trade by trade lane and by industry vertical sector, provided in tabular and map form.

Trade between the major trading regions is covered for the following sectors: Agricultural Products, Automotive Products, Chemicals, Consumer Electronics, Consumer Goods, High Tech, Industrials, Pharmaceuticals, Textiles and Clothing.

Company profiles

Agility: 6 year financial record
Agility: 6 year financial record

The report contains profiles of all the leading global freight forwarders. Information on these companies includes:

  • Background
  • Financial data and analysis
  • Operations and services
  • Latest news and strategic developments.

Companies covered include: Agility, CEVA, CH Robinson, DHL Global Forwarding, Expeditors, Geodis, Kuehne + Nagel, Hellman, Panalpina, Rhenus, Schenker, UTi Worldwide, UPS SCS and many more.

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