Europe Full Container Load (FCL) Market-Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact and Forecasts (2022-2027)

Europe Full Container Load Market is segmented By Service (Transport, Freight Forwarding and Other Services (Includes Value-added Services such as Documentation, Customs Clearance, etc.), By End-user (Automotive,Chemicals, FMCG (Fast-moving Consumer Goods), Retail (Hypermarket, Supermarket, Convebience Stores, and e-commerce), Fashion & Lifestyle (Apparel and Footwear), Reefer (Fruits, Vegetables, Pharma, Meat, Fish, Seafoods), Technology (Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances) and Other End-users) and by Country (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Russia,Rest of Europe). The report offers market size and forecasts in values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Market Summary CAGR from 2022-2027
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

Europe full container load market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% during the forecast period of 2022-2027.

The COVID-19 crisis fundamentally disrupted the demand and supply in the European Full Container Load (FCL) market. Following years of pandemic-related losses, Europe's major North Range ports saw gains in cargo and container throughput in 2021, putting them back on track to reach pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

Digitization has been more prominent in the transportation business in recent years. Economic growth, population increase, and industrialization growth are all key drivers of market expansion. Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Piraeus, and Bremerhaven are some of the biggest and busiest of Europe's 20 major marine ports that can handle container loads. The worldwide freight forwarders network's member companies may provide you with forwarding services to all of Europe's major sea ports, as well as loading separate containers for FCL shipments or merging your cargo with that of other customers for LCL shipments. 40% market growth is contributed by Europe in sea frieght forwarding market.

The advantages of FCL shipments include a speedier delivery time because the container does not need to be opened along the way. FCL sea freight, rail freight, and truck freight are all transported in distinct ways. Even still, shipping by ship is the most popular mode.

Scope of the Report

Full Container Load (FCL) shipping is a way of transporting goods that is commonly utilised by customers who need to transfer large, bulky items or have a huge volume of goods that can fill an entire container.

Europe Full Container Load Market is segmented By Service (Transport, Freight Forwarding and Other Services (Includes Value-added Services such as Documentation, Customs Clearance, etc.), By End-user (Automotive,Chemicals, FMCG (Fast-moving Consumer Goods), Retail (Hypermarket, Supermarket, Convebience Stores, and e-commerce), Fashion & Lifestyle (Apparel and Footwear), Reefer (Fruits, Vegetables, Pharma, Meat, Fish, Seafoods), Technology (Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances) and Other End-users) and by Country (Germany, United Kingdom, France, Russia,Rest of Europe).

The report also covers the impact of COVID-19 on the market. The report offers market size and forecasts for the Europe Full Container Load (FCL) market in value (USD billion) for all the above segments.

By Service
Transport
Freight Forwarding and Other Services(Includes Value-added Services such as Documentation, Customs Clearance, etc.)
By End-user
Automotive
Chemicals
FMCG(Fast-moving Consumer Goods)
Retail(Hypermarket, Supermarket, Convebience Stores, and e-commerce)
Fashion & Lifestyle(Apparel and Footwear)
Reefer (Fruits, Vegetables, Pharma, Meat, Fish, Seafoods)
Technology(Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances)
Other End-users
Country
Germany
United Kingdom
France
Russia
Rest of Europe

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Key Market Trends

Growing demand for FCL transport by Railways in Europe

Rail transport plays a strategic role as a land bridge between Europe and Asia, offering regular shipments, minimal transit times and stable prices. Another area of focus in 2021 was the diversification of freight delivery routes, with improvements to railway logistics through the ports and terminals of the Kaliningrad Region in the centre of attention. The rapid growth of the consumer electronics industry and the deployment of software solutions are expected to boost the rail cargo market growth in the forecast period.

Manufacturers and distributors of consumer electronics are utilising rail freight services to ensure timely deliveries of their goods to customers. Thus, it is projected that the market for rail freight will benefit significantly from the rising demand for consumer electronics in the forecast period. The majority of the transported commodities' freight base was comprised of clothes, plastics, and ferrous metal products, as well as mechanical, electrical, and communications equipment, vehicles and repair parts, various medical and surgical instruments, furniture, and lighting equipment.

In addition to this, various initiatives are undertaken by governmental bodies to accelerate the rail freight FCL market further. For instance, with the increase in industrialization and growth in customer demand, rail freight services are significantly gaining momentum.

FCL Transportion volume

Largest container ports in the Europe in 2021, based on throughput(in million TEUs)

In 2021, the EU imported goods worth roughly 1.1 trillion euros and exported cargo worth about 956 billion euros by sea. The Port of Rotterdam was the largest container port in the European Union in 2021, handling roughly 15.3 million TEUs worth of containers. The demand for Rotterdam port is due to the the nation's extensive rail system also efficiently connects the Port of Rotterdam to its hinterland, with services frequently running up to warehouse doors. Port of Rotterdam uses autonomous cranes and container trucks to transport cargo within the terminal and also employs AI for their digital smart port operations.

The Port of Antwerp, ranking second, processed about 12 million TEUs of containers. In 2021, global container throughput reached approximately 849 million TEUs.

After experiencing a decrease of 3.2 percent in 2020 due to COVID-19 Rotterdam rebounded strongly in 2021 to maintain its status as the leading European container port.In the port of Antwerp due to the war between Russia and Ukraine, container throughput decreased to 2.73 million twenty foot equivalent unit (TEUs).

Largest container ports in Europe(2021), based on throughput

Competitive Landscape

The European Full Container Load market is fragmented in nature, with a mix of global and regional players. The market in Europe is expected to grow during the forecast period of 2022-2027 due to several factors such as ecommerce, technology integration, and growing economies.

Technologies is one of the important differentiators in the logistic market, and the leading competitors strive to develop in the market by adopting new and advanced technology.

Some of the major players in the market includes Kuehne + Nagel International AG, DHL, DB Schenker, DSV Global, Bolloré Logistics, C. H. Roinson, XPO Logistics, United Parcel Service (UPS), Yusen Logistics, Mallory Alexander etc.,

Recent Development

March 2021: DIGILOGIC's mission (is working on a smart logistics technology radar) is to strengthen collaboration and strategic partnerships between European and African Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), paving the way for startups, SMEs, and innovators to collaborate on smart logistics solutions in close collaboration with industries and ventures, ensuring long-term viability and success.

December 2021: Girteka Logistics (European transportation company) became one of the first road freight transport businesses awarded with the Green Carrier Certificate. The certificate was created by the German-based logistics company to certify its subcontractors and provide openness for its stakeholders regarding its sustainability goals. Girteka Logistics company moves over 900,000 full container loads (FCLs) each year.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET INSIGHTS

    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    4. 4.4 Technology Innovation and its Impact

    5. 4.5 Insights into the E-commerce Industry in the Region (both Domestic and Cross-border)

    6. 4.6 Spotlight - FCL Transportation Costs/Freight Rates

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market

  5. 5. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

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

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of Substitute Products

      4. 5.4.4 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  6. 6. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 6.1 By Service

      1. 6.1.1 Transport

      2. 6.1.2 Freight Forwarding and Other Services(Includes Value-added Services such as Documentation, Customs Clearance, etc.)

    2. 6.2 By End-user

      1. 6.2.1 Automotive

      2. 6.2.2 Chemicals

      3. 6.2.3 FMCG(Fast-moving Consumer Goods)

      4. 6.2.4 Retail(Hypermarket, Supermarket, Convebience Stores, and e-commerce)

      5. 6.2.5 Fashion & Lifestyle(Apparel and Footwear)

      6. 6.2.6 Reefer (Fruits, Vegetables, Pharma, Meat, Fish, Seafoods)

      7. 6.2.7 Technology(Consumer Electronics, Home Appliances)

      8. 6.2.8 Other End-users

    3. 6.3 Country

      1. 6.3.1 Germany

      2. 6.3.2 United Kingdom

      3. 6.3.3 France

      4. 6.3.4 Russia

      5. 6.3.5 Rest of Europe

  7. 7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 7.1 Overview(Market Concentration, Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Kuehne + Nagel International AG

      2. 7.2.2 DHL

      3. 7.2.3 DB Schenker

      4. 7.2.4 DSV Global

      5. 7.2.5 Bollore Logistics

      6. 7.2.6 C.H. Robinson

      7. 7.2.7 XPO Logistics

      8. 7.2.8 United Parcel Service (UPS)

      9. 7.2.9 Yusen Logistics

      10. 7.2.10 Mallory Alexander

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
  8. 8. FUTURE OF THE MARKET

  9. 9. APPENDIX

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Europe Full Container Load (FCL) Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Europe Full Container Load (FCL) Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Kuehne + Nagel International AG , DHL, DB Schenker , DSV Global , Bolloré Logistics are the major companies operating in Europe Full Container Load (FCL) Market.

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