China Ecommerce Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, Covid-19 impact, and Forecasts (2022-2027)

The China E-commerce Logistics Market is segmented by Service (Transportation, Warehousing and Inventory Management, and Value-added Services (Labeling, Packaging, etc.)), By Business (B2B and B2C), Destination (Domestic and International/Cross-border), By Product (Fashion and Apparel, Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, Furniture, Beauty and Personal Care Products, and Other Products (Toys, Food Products, etc.)). The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

China E-commerce Logistics Market Size
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >8 %
China E-commerce Logistics Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The China E-commerce Logistics Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 8% during the forecast period of 2022-2027.

As the Chinese government responded to the COVID outbreak with nationwide measures that slowed or shut down a large part of the economy, China experienced its first decline in national retail sales in decades.Despite these similarities, the operations of e-commerce platforms vary widely – some own their inventory and operate in-house logistics, some do not, and many are a hybrid. When these systems and processes are stressed, as was the case during the economic and health crisis posed by the COVID-19 (“COVID”) crisis in early 2020, these differences are thrown into stark relief.

By the end of 2021, China had 617 million online live streaming users, accounting for 62.4% of its total netizens. Among them, 388 million were live streaming e-commerce users, 123 million more than in March of the same year, accounting for nearly 40% of the total Chinese netizens. 66.2% of these users placed orders after watching live shopping broadcasts.

The number of Chinese netizens continues to increase. Consumers have a better understanding of the interactive, social, and entertaining features of live streaming. In addition, live shopping has provided viewers with more favorable prices, more engaging introductions, and a higher degree of trust. All these lead to users’ increasing acceptance of live streaming and live streaming e-commerce. As a result, netizens’ average time spent per day with live streaming videos keeps growing, and more and more netizens are becoming live streaming e-commerce users.

Scope of the Report

The term "E-commerce logistics" refers to the transportation, warehousing, and distribution services provided to an online retailer by the logistics company. The China E-Commerce Logistics Market is segmented By Service (Transportation, Warehousing and Inventory Management, and Value-added Services (Labeling, Packaging, etc.)), By Business (B2B and B2C), By Destination (Domestic and International/Cross-border), By Product (Fashion and Apparel, Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances, Furniture, Beauty and Personal Care Products, and Other Products (Toys, Food Products, etc.)). The report offers market size and forecast in value (USD Billion) for all the above segments. The impact of COVID-19 will also be covered in the report.

By Service
Warehousing and Inventory management
Value-added services (Labeling, Packaging, etc)
By Business
By Destination
By Product
Fashion and Apparel
Consumer Electronics
Home Appliances
Beauty and Personal Care Products
Other Products (Toys, Food Products, etc.)

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Key Market Trends

Cross border eCommerce driving the growth of the market

After a period of rapid development, China’s cross-border e-commerce has entered its mature period in recent years, with steady growth in industry size, increasing integration of supply chain processes, gradual shift to more refined and localized operation, and ongoing penetration of innovation models such as new retail and live-streaming marketing. Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global economic development in 2020, the advantages of cross-border e-commerce were highlighted.

There are more than 600,000 cross-border e-commerce-related enterprises in China, with more than 42,000 newly registered companies since the beginning of 2021, according to Tianyancha data. Trade related to China's cross-border e commerce in the first quarter of 2021 totaled 419.5 billion yuan (USD 63.83 billion), a year-on-year increase of 46.5%, according to China’s The General Administration of Customs. 

Despite the overall slowdown in export growth, there has been a continuous growth in the total import and export volume and transaction volume of China’s cross-border e-commerce. According to customs statistics, China’s cross-border e-commerce recorded a total import and export volume of RMB 1.69 trillion in 2020, up 31.1% year-on-year; it maintained its development momentum in the first two quarters of 2021, with a total import and export volume of RMB 886.7 billion, up 28.6% year-on-year. According to industry sources, China’s cross-border e-commerce recorded a transaction volume of RMB 12.5 trillion in 2020, up 19% year-on-year, accounting for more than 30% of the total import and export value. The continuous growth of cross-border e-commerce has brought Chinese enterprises greater opportunities to present their brands overseas.

China E-commerce Logistics Market Trends

Growth in Retail e-commerce sales is driving the growth of the market

Retail e-commerce sales in China grew by 21.0% in 2021, versus the 4.0% growth in total retail sales. As a proportion of total retail, retail e-commerce jumped more than 7 percentage points year over year to 52.1%. Live streaming e-commerce, online grocery, and local group buying are well-positioned to gain further traction.

Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall, (50.8 percent of market share) and (15.9 percent) are the domestic platforms that dominate China’s e-commerce market. Pinduoduo (13.2 percent) has recently overtaken dozens of competitors to become the third-largest platform, using a new group purchasing model. Other platforms, including Suning, Gome, Vipshop, Yihaodian, Dangdang, Mogujie, and JuMei, comprise the remaining market share.

In 2021, China’s top five trading partners are ASEAN, EU, United States, Japan, and South Korea in order. Imports and exports to these trading partners are 4.74, 4.5, 4.06, 2.2 and 1.97 trillion yuan, an increase of 7%, 5.3%, 8.8%, 1.2%, and 0.7% respectively.

China E-commerce Logistics Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape of the china e-commerce logistics market is observed to be fragmented, as the demand for logistics services is growing rapidly across the region, companies are becoming more competitive to capture the huge opportunity. As a result, international players are making strategic investments to establish a regional logistics network, such as opening new distribution centers, smart warehouses, etc. Some of the leading players include Cianio (the logistics arm of Alibaba), DHL, Ceva Logistics, XPO Logistics, DB Schenker, SF Express, etc.

Recent Development

March 2022: DHL Supply Chain (a freight and logistics company) rolled out a strategic partnership with ReverseLogix (one of the leading cloud-based platforms to automate end-to-end reverse logistics for e-commerce brands). The decision came at a time when DHL Supply Chain continues, to see impressive growth, for its e-commerce business, which saw a 15% annual growth rate over the 2021 peak season, coupled with total national retail returns climbing 78%, to more than USD 761 billion.

January 2022: NYK (Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisa), Japan has established a new subsidiary to strengthen its finished vehicle logistics business in China where new car sales exceeded 18m units in 2021. NYK Automotive Logistics China (NALC) will maximize the use of NYK’s existing service network for vehicle distribution throughout the country and will centralize customer service desks.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends in the Industry

    3. 4.3 Government Initiatives and Regulations

    4. 4.4 Insights on the E-commerce Market

    5. 4.5 Insights on Reverse/Return Logistics

    6. 4.6 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints / Challenges

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 5.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Service

      1. 6.1.1 Transportation

      2. 6.1.2 Warehousing and Inventory management

      3. 6.1.3 Value-added services (Labeling, Packaging, etc)

    2. 6.2 By Business

      1. 6.2.1 B2B

      2. 6.2.2 B2C

    3. 6.3 By Destination

      1. 6.3.1 Domestic

      2. 6.3.2 International/cross-border

    4. 6.4 By Product

      1. 6.4.1 Fashion and Apparel

      2. 6.4.2 Consumer Electronics

      3. 6.4.3 Home Appliances

      4. 6.4.4 Furniture

      5. 6.4.5 Beauty and Personal Care Products

      6. 6.4.6 Other Products (Toys, Food Products, etc.)


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 DHL Logistics

      2. 7.2.2 Cianio

      3. 7.2.3 FedEx

      4. 7.2.4 DB Schenker

      5. 7.2.5 XPO Logistics

      6. 7.2.6 SF Express

      7. 7.2.7 CEVA Logistics

      8. 7.2.8 Nippon Express

      9. 7.2.9 CTS International Logistics

      10. 7.2.10 VHK Logistics

      11. 7.2.11 Yusen Logistics*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX


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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Ecommerce Logistics Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The China Ecommerce Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >8% over the next 5 years.

DHL Logistics, DB Schenker, FedEx Express, XPO Logistics, SF Express, Cianio are the major companies operating in China Ecommerce Logistics Market.

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