Australia 3PL Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Australian 3PL market is segmented by Type (Domestic Transportation Management, International Transportation Management, and Value-added Warehousing and Distribution), and End Users.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >8 %

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Market Overview

The changing business dynamics and the entry of global 3PLs led to the re-modeling of the supply chain. The trend of outsourcing increased in Australia, and it is expected to register a CAGR of over 8% during the forecast period of 2020-2025.

  • The major companies are focusing on value-added services, to gain a competitive advantage over the other players. Good infrastructures, such as warehousing, distribution networks, and technological capabilities, are vital for the 3PL companies in Australia.
  • The Australian logistics industry witnessed robust growth in express delivery services, supported by development in the e-commerce industry, which offers various value-added services, such as one day delivery and door to door services. This has further led to the development of 3PL services with international players entering the market.

Scope of the Report

A comprehensive background analysis of the Australian 3PL market, covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates, and detailed information on various segments, along with the competitive landscape.

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Key Market Trends

Growing Cold Storage Logistics

Refrigerated transportation has a deep penetration in the global economy, largely contributing to the Australian 3PL market's share. With the growing Australian population with an average rate of 1.6% per annum, the demand for the perishable (grains, fruits, and fresh meat) and pharma goods is increasing. The value of the refrigerated transportation market was USD 14.64 billion in 2019, and it is expected to register a CAGR of over 5.5% during the forecast period.

Among the recent developments in the refrigerated logistics in Australia, in October 2019, Automotive Holdings Group Refrigerated Logistics (AHGRL) announced the opening of a new depot in Mackay featuring frozen, chilled and ambient storage capability across two rooms and four temperature-controlled docks with capacity for 1600 pallets. This is expected to offer greater flexibility to the customers in their supply chain by enabling more efficient movement of bulk product closer to their end consumers.

The sector caters to refrigerated warehouse and distribution facilities and has attracted considerable overseas and local investment and development capital in the past few years. Companies like Blackstone and DWS are actively investing in the development of Australia’s refrigerated logistics sector.

In August 2019, Woolworths and Vaughan Constructions commenced the construction of the multi-million state-of-the-art facility, which will have the capacity to store and deliver fresh produce and chilled products to hundreds of Victorian supermarkets.

Lineage, the leading refrigerated-storage company, has announced acquisitions and new warehouse developments in Australia creating a major stake in Australia's USD 5 billion cold storage sector.

New companies like Agile Cold Storage are also entering the market with a vision to increase the efficiency and deliver industry-leading customer service to address the unmet needs of the cold chain industry.

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Heavy Equipment and Machinery Sector Fueling the 3PL Market

Australia has been a notable region among industry executives. In the past few years, a significant quantity of the high and heavy mining equipment was being imported in Australia. Australia's resources include huge quantities of raw materials, including oil and gas. The country is making agreements with China for the development of these raw materials that would boost the demand for 3PL services in the market.

For instance, Komatsu, one of the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of technologically innovative construction and mining equipment, has signed a new multi-year agreement with DHL to import more than a million kilograms of Komatsu machinery, equipment, and spare parts each year to Australia and New Zealand.

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Competitive Landscape

The market is relatively fragmented, with a large number of local and international players, including DB Schenker, Linfox, Kings Transport, Invenco, and Yusen Logistics. The large companies are expanding and developing their operations through partnerships with the logistics solution providers and robotics companies. For instance, Ecom logistics collaborated with ShipStation- a shipping software developer to provide fulfillment service from the online store to clients and retail stores catering to a variety of industries including retail, health and lifestyle, and electronics.

In July 2019, Tigers Logistics was selected as the local logistics partner for the launch of Asendia Oceania, a subsidiary of Asendia, one of the top three international mail, shipping, and distribution companies providing B2C and omnichannel fulfilment in Australia.

In March 2020, DP World, a leading global trade enabler offering end-to-end logistics to cargo owners, became the global logistics partner of the Renault F1 team starting from the 2020 season of the global motorsports series. It will also be providing solutions to logistical challenges faced by F1 team's supply chain management.

Among recent developments, in August 2019, DB Schenker became a Foundation Partner of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis, a commercial, logistics, and education hub contributing in the planning of a digitally-enabled freight and logistics supply system, a cutting-edge cold-storage logistics hub, and logistics for the aerospace and defence sectors.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Industry Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 General Trends in Warehousing Market

    6. 4.6 Technological Developments in the Logistics Sector

    7. 4.7 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Services

      1. 5.1.1 Domestic Transportation Management

      2. 5.1.2 International Transportation Management

      3. 5.1.3 Value-added Warehousing and Distribution

    2. 5.2 By End User

      1. 5.2.1 Automobile

      2. 5.2.2 Chemicals

      3. 5.2.3 Construction

      4. 5.2.4 Consumer and Retail

      5. 5.2.5 Energy

      6. 5.2.6 Manufacturing

      7. 5.2.7 Life Sciences and Healthcare

      8. 5.2.8 Technology

      9. 5.2.9 Other End Users


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 BCR

      2. 6.2.2 Automotive Holdings Group Refrigerated Logistics

      3. 6.2.3 BRi Supply Chain Logistics

      4. 6.2.4 DB Schenker

      5. 6.2.5 DHL

      6. 6.2.6 IFC

      7. 6.2.7 Invenco Sydney Logistics

      8. 6.2.8 Kings Transport

      9. 6.2.9 Lineage Logistics

      10. 6.2.10 Linfox

      11. 6.2.11 QLS Group

      12. 6.2.12 SCT Logistics

      13. 6.2.13 Tiger Logistics

      14. 6.2.14 Yusen Logistics*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Recent Mergers and Acquisitions



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Frequently Asked Questions

The Australia 3PL Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Australia 3PL Market is growing at a CAGR of >8% over the next 5 years.

DB Schenker, INVENCO PTY LTD, KINGS Transport, Linfox Pty Ltd, YUSEN LOGISTICS CO., LTD are the major companies operating in Australia 3PL Market .

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