China Digital Freight Forwarding Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The China Digital Freight Forwarding market is segmented by Mode of Transportation (Ocean, Air, Road and Rail) and by Firm Type (SMEs and Large Enterprises and Governments).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >24 %

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Market Overview

The China Digital Freight Forwarding Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 24% during the forecasted period. Digitization is continuing to be one of the key drivers supporting growth of the Chinese economy. High penetration of mobile commerce has led to large disruption in B2B segment, with market participants being able capture a lion’s share of the market – due to high smartphone penetration and acceptance rate of Chinese large and medium businesses, to carry out businesses online. Success stories such as that of Manbang and Yunquna speak volumes of the success the digital freight forwarding model has achieved.

Scope of the Report

China Digital Freight Forwarding Market report provides insights on the market like Market Overview, Market Dynamics, Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis, Investment Scenarios, Government Regulations and Initiatives, Technology Development in Online Freight Forwarding and Digital Platforms, Overview on E-commerce Logistics and Freight Forwarding in China, Value Propositions of E-platforms Vs Competitors and Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis. The report also covers impact of Covid-19 on the market.

Furthermore, the report also provides company profiles with leading market players to understand the competitive landscape of the market.

By Mode of Transportation
By Firm Type
Large Enterprises and Governments

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Key Market Trends

Digital transformation driving growth of the market

The digital freight forwarding has witnessed a remarkable growth in the past few years with the digital transformation of the logistics industry. Some of the key advantages such as instant quotes, transparent pricing, comparison of rates and carriers, tracking, easy documentation and others have boosted the growth of these platforms in the recent years.The digital freight forwarding market in China is emerging and the major traditional freight forwarding companies, like Kuehne Nagel, DHL, Sinotrans, and SF Express, are gradually digitizing their services to provide online freight booking, live tracking of shipments, and documentation, among other services. Digitizing the supply chain network offers a new degree of resiliency and responsiveness enabling companies to provide customers with the most efficient and transparent service delivery. It improves the accuracy and adds guaranteed integrated technology to reduce process costs. With reduced costs many manufacturers are moving towards digital logistics hence, the revenue growth in the industry.

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Small Freight Forwarders to experience accelerated growth with Digital Freight Forwarding

It is expected that small freight forwarders will see a faster growth, as they become asset light, supported by technology and mainly being able to serve niche segments/industries locations with high demand for exports and imports. Also, the medium sized freight forwarders are expected to stay put in the market – however they are expected to grow at a slower rate, as it will take them more time to adapt from traditional forwarding to digital forwarding. Due to digital abilities and asset light models, supported by supply chain visibility solutions and forward integration of shipping liners – medium sized forwarders are expected to be affected the most. The total freight forwarding market is expected to grow but at a lower rate than digital freight forwarding market. The small freight forwarders market size is expected to grow at a higher growth rate than medium freight over the next few years.

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Competitive Landscape

The China Digital Freight Forwarding Market is competitive and is highly fragmented with presence of many players. Digital freight forwarders (DFFs) use a digital platform to offer a broader range of logistics services than marketplaces and connectivity providers. DFFs build their core value proposition around a seamless user experience of shipping goods from one point to another while aggregating information on one platform with a single user interface.  

Some of the existing major players in the market include – Flexport, Youtrans, Full Truck Alliance (Manbang group), CS Global, LTL Services Limited, Twill, Shanghai Huihang Jiexun Network Technology Co. Ltd (YunQuna), Agility Logistics Pvt. Ltd (Shipa Freight), Freightos, China Division , DHL Group, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, NYSHEX, FreightBro, Cogoport and FreightHub.

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 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Investment Scenarios

    4. 4.4 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    5. 4.5 Technology Development in Online Freight Forwarding and Digital Platforms

    6. 4.6 Overview on E-commerce Logistics and Freight Forwarding in China

    7. 4.7 Value Propositions of E-platforms Vs Competitors

    8. 4.8 Impact of Covid-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Drivers

    2. 5.2 Restraints

    3. 5.3 Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Mode of Transportation

      1. 6.1.1 Ocean

      2. 6.1.2 Air

      3. 6.1.3 Road

      4. 6.1.4 Rail

    2. 6.2 By Firm Type

      1. 6.2.1 SMEs

      2. 6.2.2 Large Enterprises and Governments


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Flexport

      2. 7.2.2 Youtrans

      3. 7.2.3 Full Truck Alliance (Manbang group)

      4. 7.2.4 CS Global LTL Services Limited

      5. 7.2.5 Twill

      6. 7.2.6 Shanghai Huihang Jiexun Network Technology Co. Ltd (YunQuna)

      7. 7.2.7 Agility Logistics Pvt. Ltd (Shipa Freight)

      8. 7.2.8 Freightos

      9. 7.2.9 China Division

      10. 7.2.10 DHL Group

      11. 7.2.11 Kuehne + Nagel International AG

      12. 7.2.12 NYSHEX

      13. 7.2.13 FreightBro

      14. 7.2.14 Cogoport

      15. 7.2.15 FreightHub*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Digital Freight Forwarding Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The China Digital Freight Forwarding Market is growing at a CAGR of >24% over the next 5 years.

Flexport, Agility Logistics, FreightHub, Twill, DHL are the major companies operating in China Digital Freight Forwarding Market.

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