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Global Parcel Delivery Market Insight Report 2017

  • January 2017
  • 164 pages
  • Apex Insight
Report ID: 3425079


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The report provides an analysis of the global parcels market and the leading carriers which operate in it.
The market was almost US$300bn in 2016. North America is the largest regional market by value, worth just under US$100bn, making it slightly larger than Asia-Pacific. However, Asia-Pacific is growing faster and we expect it to surpass North America by 2017. Double-digit growth in Asia-Pacific has been driven by China, which accounts for half of the regional total. Chinese parcels volumes have increased rapidly from 1bn in 2007 to 21bn in 2015.

Growth in B2C e-commerce is driving parcel delivery volumes. Global B2C e-commerce sales were in excess of US$1,600bn in 2015, up by 25% from the previous year. B2C e-commerce growth is particularly high in emerging economies as their populations embrace shopping online, in many cases bypassing the development of the bricks-and-mortar retailers seen in the west.

China has had growth of 35% per year and now sends more parcels than the US. In 2000, China only had two million internet users. In 2013, there were 600m internet users. Growth is still rapid with recent estimates suggesting that, by 2020, it would be larger than the combined internet retail markets of the US, UK, Japan, Germany and France.

UPS is the largest parcel delivery company in terms of revenues. However, with the acquisition of TNT Express, FedEx has closed the gap between it and UPS to US$5bn. Both now have parcel revenues twice that of their next nearest competitor, Deutsche Post DHL. The leading 12 parcel delivery companies had combined parcel revenues of almost US$190bn in 2015 and handled more than 22.5bn parcels between them.

The definition of the parcels market includes domestic, intra-region and international parcels. It also includes business-to-business, business-to-consumer and consumer-consigned parcels. Parcel weight definitions vary, between operators and countries, but most describe parcels up to various weights to a maximum of between 30kg to 50kg. All service levels are included (time definite and deferred). Adjacent services, such as mail, pallet distribution, groupage, freight forwarding, sameday courier and contract logistics are excluded wherever possible.

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