India Contract Logistics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

India's Contract Logistics Market is segmented By Type (Outsourced and Insourced), By End User (Manufacturing and Automotive, Consumer Goods and Retail, High-Tech, Healthcare, and Pharmaceuticals, and Other End Users(Energy, Construction, Aerospace, etc.)). The report offers market size and forecasts in values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

India Contract Logistics Market Size

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India Contract Logistics Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Forecast Data Period 2024 - 2029
Historical Data Period 2020 - 2022
CAGR > 5.00 %
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

India Contract Logistics Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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India Contract Logistics Market Analysis

The India Contract Logistics Market was valued at USD 19 Billion in 2022, and it is expected to witness a CAGR of more than 5% during the forecast period.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic led to global lockdowns, and commercial activities halted and challenged the economy, disrupting the market with massive changes in supply chains, regulations, and workforce requirements. Later after easing restrictions, the increasing e-commerce sales and other end-user industries sales in the country retrieved the contract logistics market.
  • Moreover, urbanization, economic development, and growth in the middle-class population have supported the growth in domestic consumption of fast-moving consumer goods for everyday consumption, personal automobiles, household items, and luxury items which is driving the growth of contract logistics in the retail space.
  • Furthermore, e-commerce plays a vital role in the growth of the contract logistics sector in the country. Trends such as an increase in mobile commerce, the emergence of new payment methods, expansion of ex-commerce into rural areas, increasing utilization of Artificial intelligence and automation, the emergence of new business models, consumer shifts, etc. are driving online sales in the country, further supporting the contract logistics sector growth. In addition, technology-driven interventions like big data, predictive analytics, intelligent material handling equipment, Autobots for materials movement, AS/RS beyond the routine WMS/TMS applications, mobile apps for tracking, and real-time status updates are taking the contract logistics space in India by storm.

India Contract Logistics Market Trends

Increasing E-commerce Sales are Driving the Market Growth

The logistics sector is restless, seeing the growing demand for logistics services generated by the boom and evolution of e-commerce. Rising Internet penetration, growth in last-mile delivery, preferences for online shopping due to better discounts, and online grocery logistics are expected to drive the e-commerce logistics market in India.

Contract logistics is becoming essential for retailers owing to growing e-commerce worldwide. Companies are trying to achieve online and omnichannel strategies, thus, contract logistics is necessary for retailers. Contract logistics ensures better online order fulfilment by managing the company's inventory, packaging, tracking, transportation of goods, reporting and forecasting, and warehouse management.

Meanwhile, the pandemic has driven the online sales industry, and as per industry experts, e-commerce sales are expected to hit more than USD 100 billion mark by 2023. In addition, the increasing sales were supported by m-commerce, a steady increase in the number of digital buyers in the region, and new initiatives from key players. Also, in 2022, India emerged as the second-fastest-growing economy in Asia-Pacific based on e-commerce sales behind the Philippines. In addition, retail e-commerce sales also witnessing significant growth in the country, in 2022, online retail sales witnessed a growth rate of 15% when compared to 2021. Thus, the growing e-commerce sales and enhanced focus on risk management in the supply chains, and increasing collaborations are anticipated to fuel the growth of the contract logistics market with ample opportunities for the industry players.

India Contract Logistics Market: Total Retail E-commerce Sales, Value in USD Billion, India, 2017-2022

Growth in the Manufacturing and Automotive Sector Driving the Contract Logistics Market

Driven by the 'Make in India' initiative, the growth of the contract logistics market is primarily attributed to the swift growth of the manufacturing industry and their focus laid on core competencies and emerging needs for obtaining cost efficiency and technological integrations about supply chain activities.

Meanwhile, the manufacturing sector set the trend for outsourcing their supply chain management. It helps that the service providers have evolved into key partners, offering expert, end-to-end solutions ranging from documentation, tracking, warehousing, and legal compliance. In addition, the automobile sector also driving the demand for multi-modal logistics.

On the other hand, India imports more than USD 17 billion worth of auto components annually. Most of these are from China, the United States, and Europe. In addition, in FY 2021-2022, as per the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, India exported 56,17,246 units of automobiles, which was up by 35% from 41,34,047 sold overseas in FY2021. In addition, exports of passenger vehicles witnessed a growth rate of 42%, whereas commercial vehicle exports rose by more than 83% in 2021-2022. Thus, the growing automobile export imports are expected to drive contract logistics services across the country.

India Contract Logistics Market: Export Volume of Automobiles, Volume in 000', India, FY2019 - FY2022

India Contract Logistics Industry Overview

The Contract Logistics market in India is fiercely competitive, fragmented in nature with the presence of many international and too many small domestic companies.

Key players in the contract logistics market are taking initiatives to gain maximum benefit from the opportunities in India. Some of the major players in the contract logistics market include Deutsche Post DHL, DB Schenker, Kuehne + Nagel International AG, Allcargo, among others. The contract logistics sector in India is on a constant growth curve. This growth has brought with it a new set of industry challenges, from running more efficient networks and expanding product and service portfolios to gaining control over unpredictable costs.

India Contract Logistics Market Leaders

  1. Deutsche Post Dhl group

  2. DB Schenker

  3. Agility Logistics

  4. All Cargo Logistics Limited

  5. VRL Logistics

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

India Contract Logistics Market Concentration
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India Contract Logistics Market News

  • September 2022: DHL Supply Chain (Contract logistics provider), planned to invest more than USD 553 million in India over the next five years to expand its warehousing capacity, workforce, and sustainability initiatives. Under this expansion, DHL Supply Chain will add 12 million sq. ft of warehousing space in its existing portfolio to take its total capacity to about 22 million sq. ft by 2026.
  • August 2022: DB Schenker (global logistics provider), planned to acquire companies in India to expand operations with a focus on building end-to-end contract logistics operations and picking up a larger share of delivery contracts from e-commerce players.

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 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Insights in Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Brief on Government Regulations and Initiatives

    4. 4.4 Value Chain/Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Insights on Freight Transportation Costs /Freight Rates

    6. 4.6 Insights on E-Commerce Industry in the Region (Domestic and Cross-Border)

    7. 4.7 Insights on Contract Logistics in the Context of After-Sales/Reverse Logistics

    8. 4.8 Insights on the impact of Implementation of GST in the Logistics Sector

    9. 4.9 Brief on Different Services Provided by Contract Logistics Players (Integrated Warehousing & Transportation, Supply Chain Services, and Other Value-Added Services)

    10. 4.10 Insights into Key Special Economic Zones (SEZS) and Manufacturing Hubs

    11. 4.11 Impact of Covid-19 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 Type

      1. 6.1.1 Insourced

      2. 6.1.2 Outsourced

    2. 6.2 By End User

      1. 6.2.1 Manufacturing and Automotive

      2. 6.2.2 Consumer Goods & Retail

      3. 6.2.3 High - Tech

      4. 6.2.4 Healthcare and Pharmaceutical

      5. 6.2.5 Other End Users (Energy, Construction, Aerospace, etc.)


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 International Players

        1. Kuehne + Nagel Private Limited

        2. Hellmann Worldwide Logistics India Private Limited

        3. Agility Logistics

        4. CH Robinson Worldwide Freight India Private Limited

        5. DSV Panalpina

        6. Nippon Express (India) Private Limited

        7. FedEx Corporation

        8. Expeditors International (India) Private Limited *

      2. 7.2.2 Domestic Players

        1. All Cargo Logistics Limited

        2. VRL Logistics Ltd

        3. Adani Logistics Company

        4. Aegis Logistics Ltd

        5. Transport Corporation of India

        6. Gati Litmited

        7. Delhivery Private Limited

        8. Future Supply Chain Solutions Ltd

        9. TVS Supply Chain Solutions *

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 7.3 Other Companies (Mahindra Logistics, Safexpress Pvt Ltd, Snowman Logistics, GS Logistics, Nitco Logistics, Gateway Distriparks Limited*)


  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 Insight into Key Export Destinations

    4. 9.4 Insight into Key Import Origin Countries

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India Contract Logistics Industry Segmentation

Contract logistics refers to a long-term partnership that includes a variety of services, from the transportation of goods or replacement parts to the delivery of goods to the final client. The service offerings of contract logistics include the following: warehouses, personnel, appropriate equipment, stock management, dispatch follow-up, and after-sales service, among others. A complete background analysis of the India Contract Logistics Market, including the 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 geographical trends, and COVID-19 impact is included in the report.

India's Contract Logistics Market is segmented By Type (Outsourced and Insourced), By End User (Manufacturing and Automotive, Consumer Goods and Retail, High-Tech, Healthcare, and Pharmaceuticals, and Other End Users(Energy, Construction, Aerospace, etc.)). The report offers market size and forecasts in values (USD billion) for all the above segments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The India Contract Logistics Market is projected to register a CAGR of greater than 5% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Deutsche Post Dhl group, DB Schenker, Agility Logistics, All Cargo Logistics Limited and VRL Logistics are the major companies operating in the India Contract Logistics Market.

The report covers the India Contract Logistics Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the India Contract Logistics Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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India Contract Logistics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)