China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The China Third Party Logistics (3PL) Market is segmented By Service (Domestic Transportation Management, International Transportation Management, And Value-Added Warehousing And Distribution) And By End-User (Consumer And Retail (e-commerce, Apparel And Garment Sectors, Perishables, Etc.), Automotive, Healthcare, and Other Industrial Activity Sectors). The report offers market size and forecast values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Size

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China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2020 - 2022
CAGR > 5.50 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Analysis

The China Third-party Logistics(3PL) Market size was valued at USD 205 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5.5% over the forecast period. The market is driven by the growth of e-commerce in the country. Furthermore, the market is driven by the increasing demand for outsourced services in the market.

  • The China third-party logistics (3PL) market has grown significantly in recent years, owing to many important developments. Companies are under pressure to provide quick and efficient delivery choices as online shopping becomes more popular. 3PL suppliers assist businesses in meeting this need by providing fulfilment and distribution services, as well as last-mile deliveries. Artificial intelligence, blockchain, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all revolutionising the logistics business. These technologies are being used by 3PL providers to optimise their operations, increase productivity, and provide improved visibility and tracking to their clients. Companies want logistics solutions that may be customised to their specific requirements. 3PL companies are reacting by providing a diverse range of services, ranging from basic transportation and warehousing to value-added services such as assembly, kitting, and packaging.
  • Companies are seeking ways to lower their carbon footprint as consumers become more environmentally concerned. 3PL companies are providing environmentally friendly logistics solutions such as alternative fuel cars, green warehouses, and eco-friendly packaging. More businesses are outsourcing logistics to third-party providers, allowing them to focus on their core capabilities. This trend is predicted to continue as businesses strive to cut costs and increase efficiency. Overall, the 3PL market is likely to expand in the next years as organisations increasingly outsource their logistics needs to third-party suppliers. E-commerce, technical improvements, customised logistics solutions, sustainability, and growing outsourcing of logistical services have all contributed to considerable growth in the 3PL sector in recent years. The market is likely to expand further in the future as companies increasingly turn to third-party providers for their logistics needs.
  • China is progressively emerging as one of the most powerful participants in global transportation and logistics, owing to variables such as government restrictions, a wonderful road, rail, and transit infrastructure, a vast network of warehouse and storage facilities, and a strong IT infrastructure. Even before the epidemic, the Asia-Pacific region had come to dominate the international goods forwarding business. Freight forwarders and third-party logistics providers are constantly looking for innovative ways to boost their earnings.
  • The Chinese government is investing heavily in the country's logistics infrastructure development. The implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative is also paving the way for China to become the world leader in transportation and logistics. Furthermore, the BRI is transforming China into a provider of logistical infrastructure and technology to other countries. Furthermore, the government has significantly reinforced the rail freight industry. The China Railway Express has made multiple trains available to transport merchandise from China to Europe. All of these government initiatives demonstrate unequivocally that the administration is eager to promote the country as a leader in the international logistics sector.

China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Trends

Increase in E-commerce Sales Driving the Market

  • In 2022, China, the world's largest e-commerce market in terms of sales, belonged to the innovators, the enthusiastic, and the daring, and their consumer behaviour provides a road map for the year ahead. According to research firm Insider Intelligence, around 1 billion local consumers would shop on e-commerce channels across China in 2022, accounting for 45.3% of total retail sales online.
  • Outdoor sports and pet care in China expanded outside narrow communities, while virtual influencers and the metaverse demonstrated the potential to alter online retail. The rising purchasing power of Generation Z customers fueled expansion in all of these categories, from collectable toys to non-alcoholic beverages. Because of the rapid pace of change in China, staying current on trends is critical for any brand and retailer to excel in the country's e-commerce market.
  • According to an industry assessment, at least 89 online shopping sites in China were terminated last year as the business battled with strict Covid-19 control measures, tough rivalry, and sluggish consumer spending amid a slowing home economy. According to a report published this week by retail data provider, which is based in eastern Zhejiang province, online shopping guide websites were the hardest hit, with 32 of these platforms shutting down, accounting for about 36% of overall casualties last year in the world's largest e-commerce market. According to the survey, approximately 20 so-called complete e-commerce platforms ceased operations last year. Eleven social e-commerce sites and the equivalent number of community group-buying platforms also went out of business.
China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market: E-commerce Share of Total Retail Sales in Consumer Goods, China, In Percentage, 2017-2022

Growth in Warehousing Sector Driving the Market

  • The expansion of the warehousing industry is influenced by several factors, including increased e-commerce demand, the expanding presence of third-party logistics providers, and the rising consumption of frozen and perishable foods. The rising popularity of frozen and perishable goods is driving industry expansion. In China, factors such as rising disposable incomes, shifting consumption patterns, and rapid urbanisation are driving demand for frozen and perishable food goods. Because these products have a substantially shorter shelf life, they must be stored at controlled temperatures. As a result of the increased consumption of frozen and perishable foods, China's cold chain market is expanding. Consumption of products such as beef, which typically requires a cold chain to prevent deterioration, has increased.
  • The emergence of multistory warehouses is a new market growth trend. The expansion of China's e-commerce business has increased demand for warehouse and storage facilities. E-commerce delivery is heavily reliant on last-mile providers. One idea for improving last-mile service is to locate warehouses as close to the consumer as possible to reduce delivery time. Rental prices for warehouse spaces are likely to rise during the predicted period as land in major cities becomes scarce and expensive, particularly in key commercial centres such as Shanghai and Beijing.
China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market: Monthly Warehouse Storage Index (CWSI), China, In Percentage (%), January 2022-September 2022

China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Industry Overview

The China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market is highly fragmented with a lot of local, regional and global players. Some of the major players include Fulfilment Bridge, XIANRONG GLOBAL, VHK Logistics, Kerry Logistics, CTSI Logistics, and many more. Companies are getting more competitive to capitalise on the enormous possibility. As a result, international firms are making strategic investments to build a regional logistics network, such as new distribution centres, smart warehouses, and so on.

China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Leaders

  1. Fulfillment Bridge


  3. VHK Logistic

  4. Kerry Logistics

  5. CTSI Logistics

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Concentration
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China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market News

  • April 2023: JD Logistics, in partnership with the All-China Environment Federation's Green Supply Chain Committee, proudly launched the world's first Supply Chain Emission Management Platform (SCEMP) for the logistics industry. This ground-breaking logistics transportation carbon footprint monitoring tool analyses carbon emissions based on actual vehicle routes, offering unsurpassed granularity.
  • November 2022: Cainiao Network ("Cainiao"), Alibaba Group Holding Limited's logistics subsidiary, announced a strategic agreement with Nestlé China. The collaboration will centre on increasing collaboration throughout Nestlé's smart supply chain and its brands, including Starbucks at Home, Hsu Fu Chi, Wyeth, and Totole. Nestlé's B2C and B2B fulfilment operations, as well as digitalized supply chain and sustainability, as well as enhancements to direct-to-consumer (DTC) fulfilment, logistics automation, and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, are key areas of focus.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Method

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Market Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Market Restraints/challenges

      3. 4.2.3 Market Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Porters Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Government Policies and Regulations

    6. 4.6 General Trends in Warehousing Market

    7. 4.7 Demand From Other Segments, such as CEP, Last Mile Delivery, Cold Chain Logistics Etc.

    8. 4.8 Insights on Ecommerce Business

    9. 4.9 Technological Developments in the Logistics Sector

    10. 4.10 Impact of COVID-19 on the market


    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 Consumer And Retail (e-commerce, Apparel And Garment Sectors, Perishables, Etc.)

      2. 5.2.2 Automotive

      3. 5.2.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.2.4 Other Industrial Activity Sectors


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 COSCO Shipping Co. Ltd.

      2. 6.2.2 XIANRONG GLOBAL

      3. 6.2.3 Fulfillment Bridge

      4. 6.2.4 VHK Logistic

      5. 6.2.5 Kerry Logistics

      6. 6.2.6 CTSI Logistics

      7. 6.2.7 DocShipper

      8. 6.2.8 Everglory Logistics

      9. 6.2.9 Jiayou International Logistics Co. Ltd.

      10. 6.2.10 ESA Logistics

      11. 6.2.11 V-LOGIC

      12. 6.2.12 Yusen Logistics

      13. 6.2.13 DEPPON LOGISTICS Co. Ltd.

      14. 6.2.14 Elee China

      15. 6.2.15 FedEx Corp.

      16. 6.2.16 John Swire & Sons Ltd.

      17. 6.2.17 S.F. Holding Co. Ltd.

      18. 6.2.18 Beijing HYCX International Logistics Co. Ltd.*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. APPENDIX

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China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Industry Segmentation

Third-party logistics, or 3PL, is a system in which an organisation (a third party) provides logistical services to businesses that require inventory management and distribution. When a corporation (customer) lacks a logistics department, the 3PL company is frequently called in. In turn, the 3PL handles some or all logistics-related tasks for the client. A complete background analysis of the China Third Party Logistics (3PL) Market, including the assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, a market overview, market size estimation for key segments, emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics and geographical trends, and COVID-19 impact, is covered in the report.

The China Third Party Logistics (3PL) Market is segmented By Service (Domestic Transportation Management, International Transportation Management, And Value-Added Warehousing And Distribution) And By End-User (Consumer And Retail (E-commerce, Apparel And Garment Sectors, Perishables, Etc.), Automotive, Healthcare, and Other Industrial Activity Sectors). The report offers market size and forecast values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

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Domestic Transportation Management
International Transportation Management
Value-added Warehousing and Distribution
By End User
Consumer And Retail (e-commerce, Apparel And Garment Sectors, Perishables, Etc.)
Other Industrial Activity Sectors
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Frequently Asked Questions

The China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5.5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Fulfillment Bridge, XIANRONG GLOBAL, VHK Logistic, Kerry Logistics and CTSI Logistics are the major companies operating in the China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market.

The report covers the China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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China Third-Party Logistics (3PL) Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)