FRANCE ROAD FREIGHT TRANSPORT Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The France road freight transport market is expected to witness a CAGR of less than 2% during the forecasted period of 2020-2025. The market is segmented By Destination (Domestic, International) and By End User (Construction, Oil and Gas and Quarrying, Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry, Manufacturing and Automotive, Distributive Trade, Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare))

Market Snapshot

france road freight market snapshot
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: <2 %

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Market Overview

The France road freight transport market is expected to witness a CAGR of less than 2% during the forecasted period of 2020-2025. It is estimated that the French economy shrank at a record pace in the first quarter of 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic hammered activity. Demand fell across industries, with private consumption and fixed investment also recording the sharp contractions ever amidst rising unemployment in March 2020 and muted business revenue, as lockdown measures and uncertainties over the length of the crisis curtailed spending.

  • The performance of the French road transport industry is not too different from other major countries such as Italy and Germany, in terms of market growth. In what has become a trend across countries in the EU, the freight transport by road industry is only expected to grow at a modest pace.
  • Reasons for slow growth is the shortage of truck drivers in the EU and in France. There is currently a shortage of 20,000 truckers, despite there being many open job offers.

Scope of the Report

The report covers the introduction of the market in France, Spotlight on Freight Rates, Technological Developments in the Market Demand and Supply Analysis – Trucks, Drivers, and Labor, and Commentary on Fuel Costs. The report also provides qualitative and quantitative analysis of segmentation by destination and end user.

Additionally, company profiles are provided to understand the competitive landscape of the market.

By Destination
By End User
Oil and Gas and Quarrying
Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry
Manufacturing and Automotive
Distributive Trade
Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)

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Key Market Trends

Ecommerce in France

E-commerce continues to enjoy great popularity and the internet has become an increasingly established part of French shopping habits. France’s ecommerce market is typical of Europe. Over the last several years, it has shown modest growth, a declining rate of growth, and rising mobile commerce sales. Amazon dominates as the leading retailer, with few signs of usurpation any time soon.

France ranks reasonably well on most business indexes like the “Logistics Performance” and “E-Government Development” indexes and has a high rate of internet penetration. France has the world’s seventh-largest ecommerce market. The French ecommerce market is the third-largest in Europe. France’s e-commerce market will continue to grow at a rate similar as 2019 in 2020. The e-commerce contribution to France’s GDP will also rise close to 5% in 2020 meaning that it plays a major role in the contribution to the economy. As for the raw numbers, it is expected that France e-commerce will have a turnover of 115.2 billion euros by the end of this year which was 103.4 billion euros last year.

This means that France will see a rise of 11.4% in its e-commerce turnover as compared to the year 2019, which could be even more if the lockdown situation gets extended since people will then have to buy most of the things online. This increase in online buying has led to an increase in last-mile logistics growth significantly in the country.

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Domestic transportation in France Slowing

Since the start of relaxation of confinement in France in May 2020, almost 60% of companies are still partially or even completely stopped and 21% of trucks are still stopped completely.

A drop in turnover respectively to -48% in March 2020 and to -44% in April 2020 is observed in the road transportation within the country.

There is a 21% increase in empty kilometers compared to the usual average generating an additional cost of 15.3% on each kilometer achieved compared to the situation before the health crisis.

The domestic road freight transportation market faces lack of skilled labor and it is expected to dampen the growth of the market. The three sectors most impacted are transport linked to the automobile sector (92% companies that have stopped completely), moving (75%) and the delivery of furniture and joinery (75%).

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Competitive Landscape

In terms of market share, the companies in the France road freight transport market is fragmented. The top local players in the market include SNCF Geodis, GEFCO S.A., STEF, Lactalis Logistique, Tratel among others. Multiple startups have entered France that has allowed the international road freight transportation segment to expand. France haulers observed contraction in market share when it comes to international road freight transport due to increasing competition.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. Introduction

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Key Driving Factors

    3. 4.3 Spotlight on Freight Rates

    4. 4.4 Technological Developments in the Market

    5. 4.5 Demand and Supply Analysis - Trucks, Drivers, and Labor

    6. 4.6 Commentary on Fuel Costs


    1. 5.1 By Destination

      1. 5.1.1 Domestic

      2. 5.1.2 International

    2. 5.2 By End User

      1. 5.2.1 Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Oil and Gas and Quarrying

      3. 5.2.3 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry

      4. 5.2.4 Manufacturing and Automotive

      5. 5.2.5 Distributive Trade

      6. 5.2.6 Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)

  6. 6. Competitive landscape

    1. 6.1 Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 International Players

        1. Kuehne + Nagel

        2. LKW WALTER Internationale Transportorganisation AG

        3. DSV Panalpina A/S

        4. Deutsche Post DHL

        5. DB Schenker

      2. 6.2.2 Local Players

        1. SNCF Geodis

        2. GEFCO S.A.

        3. STEF

        4. Lactalis Logistique

        5. Tratel

        6. STG Logsitique

        7. Transports Breger

        8. M&M Militzer & Munch France SA

        9. Groupe CAT

        10. Gelin Transport

        11. Flexatrans

        12. Flytrans International Forwarders

        13. Dimotrans Group

        14. Bansard International

        15. DGS Transports

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
  7. 7. Future of the market

  8. 8. Appendix

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Frequently Asked Questions

The France Road Freight Transport Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The France Road Freight Transport Market is growing at a CAGR of <2% over the next 5 years.

SNCF Geodis, GEFCO S.A, STG Logsitique, Lactalis Logistique, STEF are the major companies operating in France Road Freight Transport Market.

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