Global Overview of the Transport and Storage Industry

June 2022

The briefing examines how the transport and storage industry performs globally and in the largest countries in terms of transport and storage output. The report also provides data for production, market size, imports, exports, industry costs, industry profitability and number of companies. The industry and market overview provides benchmarks against other countries globally.

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Examining Four Trends Shaping the Transport and Storage Industry

Shift towards sustainability

Given the significant role the industry plays in carbon emissions, decarbonisation of transport operations remains one of the key global priorities, especially in developed countries. Amid increasing environmental awareness, governments and companies continue to focus on transition towards more sustainable transport and storage systems.

Digital technologies

Digital technologies and automated solutions promise significant cost savings for transport and storage companies. Integration of big data, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, blockchain and robotics offer considerable potential to improve efficiency, flexibility, safety and transparency of transport and storage operations.

Supply chain transformation

Efforts to improve supply chain resilience through production localisation and diversification of suppliers are expected to transform global transport and logistics networks and operations. The shift will also require more flexible shipping and delivery solutions from transportation companies.

Growing importance of last mile delivery

The rapid expansion of e-commerce and consumers’ increasing demand for convenience have underscored the importance of last mile logistics. In order to slash supply chain costs and minimise delivery times, logistics companies and online retailers continue to invest into last mile fulfilment and distribution centres, as well as fleet expansion.

 

Introduction

Scope
Examining four trends shaping the transport and storage industry
Key trends impacting the industry in 2022

Global Overview

Transport and storage industry fully recover s from COVID-19 shock in 2021
Global production value fully recovered in 2021, but growth is forecast to slow down
China and the US continue to dominate the global industry
Transport and storage industry profits rebound swiftly after the COVID-19 shock
Expanding e-commerce and B2B demand support global market growth
Rising energy prices and labour costs put pressure on the transport and storage industry

Global overview

Oil prices are forecast to remain high and volatile due to elevated uncertainty

Leading Companies

Lufthansa continues to dominate the global transport and storage industry
Total number of companies expands due to the growing amount of new industry entrants
Industry concentration to remain low despite ongoing consolidation

Global Outlook

China to remain the key driving force behind the industry’s future development
Industry recovery highly uneven across different countries
Key future trends shaping the global industry

Country Snapshots

China: Industry witnesse s a swift recovery from the COVID-19 shock
China: Cargo transportation and handling to support long-term industry development
US: Industry to continue post-pandemic recovery, albeit at a slower rate
US: Worsened economic outlook poses downside risks for transport and storage companies
India: Industry is poised for stable development over the medium term
India: Strong economic development and public support to facilitate industry expansion
Germany: Following an uptick in 2021, the industry’s recovery is set to slow down
Germany: Slowing economic outlook to subdue demand for transport services
Japan: I ndustry is forecast to see gradual post-pandemic recovery
Japan: Air transport to record strongest growth over the medium term
France: After swift recovery in 2021, the industry is set to see slower medium-term growth
France: Logistics to remain the major driver of future industry turnover growth
UK: After a surge in 2021, the industry is poised for slower growth in real terms
UK: Industry outlook is clouded by weaker economic growth and Brexit impact
Russia: Industry turnover is forecast to drop as a result of imposed sanctions
Russia: Extensive sanctions and economic downturn to drag down industry growth
Italy: The transport and storage industry is poised for sluggish development
Italy: B2B demand for freight transport and reviving travel flows to support long-term growth
Australia: Industry to see steady growth following a rapid recovery from COVID-19
Australia: Strong B2B demand for freight transportation to support industry expansion
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