Germany Freight and Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

Germany Freight and Logistics Market is segmented by Function (Freight Transport, Freight Forwarding, Warehousing, and Value-added Services and Other services) and End User (Manufacturing and Automotive, Oil and Gas, Mining, and Quarrying, Construction, Distributive Trade, Healthcare and Pharmaceutical, and Others End Users (Chemicals, Telecommunications, etc.)

Market Snapshot

Study Period:

2016 - 2026

Base Year:



>2 %

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Market Overview

The Germany freight and logistics market is expected to register a CAGR of greater than 2% during the period of 2020-2025.

Inferable from its geographic area alongside its impressive infrastructure and access to technology, Germany has become the most significant logistics advertise in Europe. Road freight transport is the predominant method of transportation followed by rail and inland conduits. Last-mile delivery is a developing business in the nation because of the thriving development of the e-commerce business industry.

Germany has become Europe's prime logistics centre point with best in class transportation systems (road, rail, sea, and inland conduits) as well as dense national and international air terminals. With all these setups, Germany provides simple access to domestic and global markets. ​ 

Moreover, in light of the fact that the nation is in middle of Europe, numerous logistics activities across national borders can be directed from a base in Germany. Germany likewise has a decent supply of skilled labour, and it benefits hugely from being in Europe. 

The industry specialists hope to see continued rental growth and demand for space staying stable. At present, the cost of capital in Germany is modest, yet in future the financial market may turn out to be somewhat less positive for real estate, stopping the exponential development in investor demand that is being found lately and the market will turn out to be progressively steady.

Logistic properties are the third-most grounded performing resource class in the German real estate investment showcase. Restricted flexibly and an absence of skilled laborers are putting brakes on the sector's development.

Metal minerals and other mining and quarrying items; mining items are among the significant items being moved by road in Germany while basic metals; fabricated metal items are the majorly shipped by the rails. Rail intermodal is on growth in Germany with more efforts being taken to bolster the rail intermodal services and reduce the effect of road freight pollution.

Large number of companies are investing to setup and expand their logistics properties in Germany. E-commerce is especially instrumental in driving a major shift in the cites’ logistical processes, where options such as same-day delivery (SDD) and same hour delivery (SHD) keep intensifying their complexity. ​

The slowdown of the global economy and the disruption of supply chains is causing economic challenges unthinkable due to the pandemic a short time ago. However, Germany’s logistics sector shows its flexibility. 

Germany’s logistics landscape is seeing a number ofdigital platforms optimizing supply chains during the Corona pandemic. Start-ups could in fact emerge from the crisis having benefited. The Berlin logistics start-up Warehousing1, for example, has reported strong growth. It offers a central channel for identifying storage space and logistics services at numerous locations and manages them digitally with optimized efficiency.

It is not surprising that the pandemic has resulted in rise in demand for storage space in Germany. Very high demand for products such as food or sanitary items was observed creating a very strong demand for additional space in the vicinity of production facilities or distribution centre's with short term rentals of up to one year.

Scope of the report

The Germany Freight and Logistics market covers the growing trends, a complete background analysis of the freight and logistics market, which includes an assessment of the economy and contribution of sectors in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, and emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics, and logistics spending by the end-user industries and the impact of COVID – 19 on the market are covered in the report.

By Function
Freight Trasnport
Shipping and Inland Water
Freight Forwarding
Value-added Services and Others
By End User
Manufacturing and Automotive
Oil and Gas, Mining, and Quarrying
Healthcare and Pharmaceutical
Distributive Trade (Wholesale and Retail)
Others (Telecommunications, chemicals, etc.)

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Key Market Trends

E-Commerce Market to Drive Growth in the Sector

The logistics sector is restless, seeing the growing demand for logistics services generated by the boom and evolution of e-commerce. The e-commerce sector in Germany closed 2019 with gross sales of USD 82.3 billion. This corresponds to an increase of 11.6% compared to the previous year.

The e-commerce sector in Germany was valued at USD 67.5 million in the year 2018 with electronics and media occupying the major share. The e-commerce sector witnessed tremendous growth for the year 2019 and was valued at USD 73.8 million.

Germany has one of the largest e-commerce markets in Europe. The number of e-commerce consumers, internet penetration, and the average spent per year is above the European average. In 2019, Germany had around 33% of the users under 34 years of age.

According to the Bundesverband E-Commerce und Versandhandel Deutschland eV (bevh), about every third online buyer now orders several times a week on the Internet. This and a significantly increased order volume via mobile devices drove gross sales of goods in e-commerce to USD 82.3 billion (including VAT).

The proliferation of e-commerce is changing shippers’ demands, particularly the need to be able to support omni-channel approaches to retail and a larger focus on agility and speed in a complex supply chain with less time for consolidations and optimization of delivery. This, in turn, drives land transport companies to redesign parts of their supply chain networks to accommodate customer demands.

The higher number of orders in the German market is due to the improving reputation of Germany online retailers, dealers, and the deliveries. German clients are rather risk-averse and expect high-quality products. As a result of this, the e-commerce business is a major driving factor for the logistics sector.

Germany Freight and Logistics Market 1

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Road Freight Transport Holds the Major Share in Freight Transport

The Germany road freight transport market was valued at EUR 36.98 billion in 2019, and it is expected to reach a value of EUR 35.49 billion by 2025, Due to the impact of the Covid19, the road freight market is estimated to settle at EUR 32.39 billion in 2020. In the first half of 2019, the demand for transport in Germany was dampened by the overall economic slowdown. Weak specifications from the manufacturing sector were the main reason.

Road transport accounts for a major portion of the freight transportation network by the modal split. Additionally, many goods are moved cross-border by road. Many German and international players are actively participating in the market, as it is identified as one of the significant markets. According to industry sources, an important factor for the very good performance is the efficiency of the local companies in the logistics industry.

In contrast to inland navigation, the decline in demand for road freight in the first half of 2019 was not accompanied by declining sales in the industry. Like the companies operating in rail freight transport, companies in commercial road freight transport also recorded sales increases in the single-digit percentage range, compared to the first half of 2018.

German trucks transported a total of over 1.5 billion metric ton of goods in Germany and abroad in the first half of 2019. As per the industry sources, the growth was mainly driven by goods groups, such as ores, stones, and other mining products, chemicals and mineral products, and consumer goods.

Despite declining traffic performance, commercial road freight traffic registered increased revenues in the first half of 2019. This was due to increase in wages, which resulted from the increase in toll rates, as well as higher personnel and expenses. While the additional costs resulting from the increase in truck toll rates are passed to end users and customers, the toll for empty kilometres is mostly borne by the transport company itself.

Germany Freight and Logistics Market 2

Competitive Landscape

The report covers the major players operating in the Germany Freight and Logistics market. The market is highly competitive and fragmented, and the market is expected to grow during the forecast period due to the growth in the e-commerce industry and several other factors. The Major Players include Deutsche Post DHL Group, Fiege Logistics, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, etc. FIEGE partnered with the marketplace expert, Heyconnect. E-tailing is a booming market with the number of online transactions on marketplaces, like Zalando, Amazon, and Otto, increasing by the minute. The Hamburg-based start-up, Heyconnect, helps brands and retailers connect with online platforms and supports them in using marketplaces as a sustainable sales channel.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Insights on Freight Rates

    6. 4.6 Spotlight on E-Commerce Market (Regional trends of domestic as well as cross-border e-commerce, and key performance indicators will be provided)

    7. 4.7 Insights on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) market (Market volume, Key Players, Future Outlook)

    8. 4.8 Brief on 3PL Market in Germany (market size and forecast, top players)

    9. 4.9 Spotlight on Free-trade zones (FTZs) and Special economic zones (SEZs)

    10. 4.10 Commentary on Intermodal Transportation and Dry Ports

    11. 4.11 Spotlight on Key Logistics Hubs and Cities​

    12. 4.12 Demand and Supply Analysis – Trucks, Drivers and Labor

    13. 4.13 Insights on Inter Modal Transportation

    14. 4.14 Effect of BREXIT on Europe and German Logistics Markets

    15. 4.15 Brief on China - Europe Rail Freight Network and Importance of Germany (Current Freight Flows and Future Outlook)

    16. 4.16 Spotlight on Operating Costs and Fuel Costs

    17. 4.17 Impact of Covid-19 on the market (Short-term and long-term effects on the market)


    1. 5.1 Marjet Drivers

    2. 5.2 Market Restriants

    3. 5.3 Market Oppurtunities

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

      1. 5.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 5.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 5.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 5.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Function

      1. 6.1.1 Freight Trasnport

        1. Road

        2. Shipping and Inland Water

        3. Air

        4. Rail

      2. 6.1.2 Freight Forwarding

      3. 6.1.3 Warehousing

      4. 6.1.4 Value-added Services and Others

    2. 6.2 By End User

      1. 6.2.1 Manufacturing and Automotive

      2. 6.2.2 Oil and Gas, Mining, and Quarrying

      3. 6.2.3 Healthcare and Pharmaceutical

      4. 6.2.4 Construction

      5. 6.2.5 Distributive Trade (Wholesale and Retail)

      6. 6.2.6 Others (Telecommunications, chemicals, etc.)


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 Deutsche Post DHL Group

      2. 7.2.2 Deutsche Bahn AG / DB Schenker

      3. 7.2.3 FEIGE Logistik

      4. 7.2.4 Kuehne + Nagel International AG

      5. 7.2.5 DACHSER Group SE & Co. KG

      6. 7.2.6 Rhenus Group

      7. 7.2.7 DPD group

      8. 7.2.8 DSV Panalpina Group

      9. 7.2.9 United Parcel Service

      10. 7.2.10 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics GmbH & Co. KG

      11. 7.2.11 Kraftverkehr Nagel GmbH & Co. KG

      12. 7.2.12 BLG Logistics Group AG & Co. KG

      13. 7.2.13 Geodis / SNCF Logistics

      14. 7.2.14 LKW WALTER Internationale Transport Organization AG

      15. 7.2.15 Witt Trucking Logistics GmbH

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 7.3 Other Companies (IMPERIAL Logistics International BV & Co. KG, General Logistics Systems BV, FedEx Corporation (TNT Express), REINIERT Logistics, CTS Spedition GmbH, Talke Group, HSV Systemverkehre Gmbh *)


  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 GDP Distribution, by Activity and Region

    2. 9.2 Insight into Capital Flows (investments by sector)

    3. 9.3 Economic Statistics – Transport and Storage Sector

    4. 9.4 External Trade Statistics – Export and Import, by Product

    5. 9.5 Insight into Key Export Destinations

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Germany Freight and Logistics Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Germany Freight and Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >2% over the next 5 years.

  • Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Deutsche Bahn AG / DB Schenker
  • FEIGE Logistik
  • Kuehne + Nagel International AG
  • Rhenus Group

Are the major companies operating in Germany Freight and Logistics Market.

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