GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics market is segmented by Service (Transportation, Warehousing and Inventory Management, and Value-added services), and by Country (Saudi Arabia, United Arab of Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar).​ The report offers market size and forecasts for GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market in value (USD Billion) for all above segments.

Market Snapshot

GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market Growth
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 5% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

COVID-19 pandemic leveraged the growth of dangerous goods logistics market. The increasing demand for medical oxygen in hospitals has resulted in a greater need for transportation. Furthermore, nuclear medicine, viral samples, healthcare hazardous substances, and clinical waste such as surgical equipment must be transported. Due to the lockdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the transportation of hazardous goods has become easier and faster.

In addition to the various dangerous goods regulations being updated year by year, the need to ship dangerous goods is expected to grow on a yearly basis. Between the need to ship lithium batteries increasing and already established gas and oil industries in the region, the dangerous goods market is shooting higher than it has ever been before, which will increase the need for UN packaging, Training, Labels, and Placards.

Digitization is the underlying solution to successfully transporting hazardous materials. In transportation operations, a digital supply network acts as a technology platform for inter-business processes and supply chain relationships. It connects suppliers, buyers, shippers, and third-party logistics providers, allowing them to better communicate, collaborate and conduct business with each other. Manual processes like submitting a purchase order, acknowledging order acceptance, and shipment confirmation are automated, with paper or email translated to appropriate formats where the document can be shared with others electronically.

Scope of the Report

Dangerous goods logistics associated with providing services and solutions for careful handling of dangerous goods (substances with explosive, flammable, toxic, infectious, or corrosive properties) and enabling smooth transportation of these goods to the destination markets. Furthermore, report offers a complete background analysis of GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market, which includes an assessment of the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, and emerging trends in the market, market dynamics, and key company profiles are covered in the report.

GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics market is segmented by Service (Transportation, Warehousing and Inventory Management, and Value-added services), and by Country (Saudi Arabia, United Arab of Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar).​ The report offers market size and forecasts for GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market in value (USD Billion) for all above segments.

By Service
Warehousing and Inventory Management
Value-added Services
By Country
Saudi Arabia
United Arab of Emirates

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Key Market Trends

Recovery of Chemical Industry

The chemicals and petrochemicals industry in the GCC is poised for growth during the forecast period backed by the regional and global economy that is expected to recover in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), the region’s chemicals industry is anticipated to see growth across all key indicators including chemical sales revenue, production output and international trade on the back of an increase in regional economic activity, supported by a rapid vaccination rollout and the global economic rebound.

As reported by the GPCA, in the GCC region, chemical revenue almost reached to range between USD 60-63 billion in 2021 which was a 15- 20% increase over the period of 2020. However, this is still 25-30% lower than the pre-pandemic average of USD 80 billion generated by GCC producers annually since 2011.

Chemical Indus-try Revenue in GCC

New Investments in the Market

The Middle East produces more oil than any other region in the world, accounting for slightly less than a third of global oil production in 2020, at 31.3 percent.

According to projections for 2020, the total export volume of oil from all Gulf Cooperation Council countries was 13.3 million barrels per day. The leading oil exporting country of the region was Saudi Arabia with a projected volume of 7.2 million barrels per day for 2020.

Oil and gas sector continues to be the top industry in the region and is expected to receive investments to the tune of USD 237 billion in the next 10 years, which will be 25 per cent of the total global tally expected in this industry.

Furthermore, Kuwait's oil production amounted to 2.7 million of barrels per day in 2020. At that time, the country was among the leading ten oil producers worldwide, with three percent of the global oil production.

Kuwait Oil Production

Competitive Landscape

The GCC dangerous goods logistics market is fairly fragmented, with significant international firms as well as small and medium-sized local players.​ To suit market needs and demand, most global logistics businesses include a dangerous goods logistics section. Furthermore, local players are expanding their capabilities in terms of inventory management, service offerings, products handled, and technology. ​

With the increasingly strict control of dangerous goods logistics, the market studied is gradually eliminating a large number of freight forwarding companies with insufficient professional capabilities and insufficient comprehensive resources, leaving fewer freight forwarding companies that can provide professional dangerous goods logistics full chain services independently.​

Recent Developments

August 2021: In what is one of the Gulf’s biggest private sector deals this year, Kuwait’s logistics firm Agility has completed the sale of Global Integrated Logistics (GIL) business to Denmark’s DSV Panalpina. The deal is valued at USD 4.77 billion. With the acquisition of GIL, DSV becomes a global Top 3 player in the freight forwarding industry with an expected combined revenue of roughly USD 26 billion and 75,000 employees worldwide.

July 2021: Petrochemical Middle East will invest up to US$90 million to develop a new chemical terminal in Jebel Ali Port to expand its business in the region. The port’s operator said that the company and DP World signed a 30-year lease agreement for the project, which is expected to help promote more trade to and from Dubai.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Technological Snapshot and Digitalization

    3. 4.3 Regulations and Standards

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Extent of Containerization in Dangerous Goods Transport Sector

    6. 4.6 Spotlight on Dangerous Goods Classes

    7. 4.7 Review and Commentary on Safety Standards and Potential Risk in Hazardous Goods Transport Sector

    8. 4.8 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

    3. 5.3 Market Opportunities

    4. 5.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis


    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

    2. 6.2 By Country

      1. 6.2.1 Saudi Arabia

      2. 6.2.2 United Arab of Emirates

      3. 6.2.3 Kuwait

      4. 6.2.4 Qatar

      5. 6.2.5 Bahrain

      6. 6.2.6 Oman


    1. 7.1 Overview (Overall Market Share, Market Concentration and Major Players, and Companies' Comparison Analysis)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Agility

      2. 7.2.2 BDP International

      3. 7.2.3 Petrochem

      4. 7.2.4 Al Futtaim - Logistics

      5. 7.2.5 TALKE Group

      6. 7.2.6 Bertschi AG

      7. 7.2.7 GAC

      8. 7.2.8 AAA Freight Services LLC

      9. 7.2.9 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics SE & Co

      10. 7.2.10 Al Ghazal Transport UAE

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 Macroeconomic Indicators (GDP Distribution by Activity, Contribution of Transport and Storage Sector to economy)

    2. 9.2 Key Statistics related to Pharmaceutical Industry

    3. 9.3 Trade Statistics - Exports and Imports pf Pharmaceutical Products by Product Type and by Country of Destination /Origin

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Frequently Asked Questions

The GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Agility, BDP INTERNATIONAL, Petrochem, Al Futtaim - Logistics, TALKE Group are the major companies operating in GCC Dangerous Goods Logistics Market.

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