Russia 3PL Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Russia 3PL market is segmented by Type (Domestic Transportation Management, International Transportation Management, and Value-added Warehousing and Distribution), and End-Users.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >9 %

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Market Overview

The third-party logistics, which is highly popular in other European countries, is comparatively underdeveloped in Russia. Although the sector has many challenges such as lack of competent and powerful logistics operators to cope with the management of a large network and lack of specialized logistics providers in the market, it is expected to grow at a rate of over 9% during the forecast period 2020-2025.

For about 21% of Russian companies, transportation accounts for 21-30% of their operating costs. While the 3PL services account for more than 50% share in the markets, such as China and other Western European countries, they account for less than one-third of the share in Russia. The lack of maturity in the market opens it up for international investment and expertise, hence reflecting a very significant growth potential.

Scope of the Report

A comprehensive background analysis of the Russia 3PL Market, covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates and detailed information on various segments and competitive landscape of the industry.

By Services
Domestic Transportation Management
International Transportation Management
Value-added Warehousing and Distribution
By End-User

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Key Market Trends

Warehousing Trends in Russia

In order to fulfil the ever-increasing demand of storage space by the manufacturing, retail, e-commerce and logistics companies, the underdeveloped warehousing market in Russia is now, under development. Backed by government initiatives, private investments and FDI in the country, the warehousing space is expected to increase significantly during the forecast period 2020-2025.

  • Among recent developments, in February 2020, FM Logistics opened the second stage of its warehouse in the Noginsk district, near Moscow, Russia offering 12,500 sq. metre of additional space, bringing the facility’s total surface to 66,000 sq. metre and its storage capacity to 85,000 pallet spaces.
  • In October 2019, Freight Village Vorsino opened a logistics hub covering an area of 35,000 sq. metre, the logistics hub boasts a capacity of 6,70,000 throughput yield, with the potential for expansion. The hub is set to annually process up to 5,00,000 throughput yield of SIBUR's polymer products.
  • Along with the growth in the general warehousing space, the development of cold storage facilities is also speeding up. In October 2019, Maersk launched the construction of its new cold storage facility in St. Petersburg to address the needs of the increasing demand of the Russian market that will be focusing on offering specialised solutions extending the life cycle of the perishable goods.
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Developments in the Air Cargo and Marine Sector

While Russia is focusing on the development of its 3PL services and warehousing facilities by technological improvements and implementation of ways to reduce the operating cost, it is also undergoing major developments in the air cargo and marine sector facilitating better connectivity and import-export facilities.

  • For instance, in 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed the plan to connect the ports on Russia's Arctic coast with ports on the Indian Ocean in order to speed up the formation of a Eurasian transport network, a true grid of latitudinal and longitudinal routes. The route has the potential to cut the cost and time for transporting LNG from Russia to India. A sea line between Far-East Russia and the East coast of India will also facilitate the sourcing of coking coal from the region.
  • DB Schenker in partnership with AirBridgeCargo Airlines is working on the improvement of the data quality of shipment reports on monitored shipments from Russia to Schengen Agreement countries.
  • UPS expanded in Russia with the growth in its air fleet, boosting the air freight volumes in 2019. With this expansion, UPS will be able to provide express service in terms of its logistics network for urgent and heavy shipments to customers located in about 2300 postal codes in the metropolitan areas of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhniy Novogorod and reduced time in transit for shipments in Siberia.
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Competitive Landscape

The market is relatively fragmented with a large number of local and international players, including Eurosib, Nienshants Logistics, STS Logistics, and RZD Logistics, which is a subsidiary of the RZD state-owned railways. The foreign logistics companies are entering the Russian outsourced logistics industry and some key players include DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, UPS, DP World and DB Schenker.

The warehousing service as compared to the transport service is relatively underdeveloped and is currently under development. Simple logistic operations like transportation and freight forwarding by all modes of transport are developing dynamically in Russia as compared to the complex logistics services like end-to-end integration and supply chain management. But the tendency to increase to provide more complex services is still observed. The inefficiency of transport and logistics systems and lack of effective functioning of the existing inter-regional logistics system and competent large players to manage the operations are some of the factors obstructing the growth of logistics market in Russia.

The Russian government is actively investing in the infrastructure development of the country by establishing better road, rail and waterways, within the country and with other countries.

Russia, in 2019 signed a bilateral agreement with India to work towards the creation of an organized arrangement for reciprocal logistics support for their armed forces as part of upgradation of the bilateral defence cooperation.

In January 2020, the Indian Air Force was preparing to transport its Mi-26 heavy-lift helicopters to Russia for a major overhaul and life extension, following which Russia’s vertical heavy-lift capability will get a substantial boost. Additionally India, being one of the largest consumers and Russia, one of the largest producers of metallurgical or coking coal; is planning to import coking coal, given the ease of availability and connectivity to the ports and sea transport in order to reduce its dependence on countries like US and Canada.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Industry Policies and Regulations

    5. 4.5 General Trends in Warehousing Market

    6. 4.6 Demand From Other Segments, such as CEP, Last Mile Delivery, Cold Chain Logistics Etc.

    7. 4.7 Insights on Ecommerce Business

    8. 4.8 Technological Developments in the Logistics Sector

    9. 4.9 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis


    1. 5.1 By Services

      1. 5.1.1 Domestic Transportation Management

      2. 5.1.2 International Transportation Management

      3. 5.1.3 Value-added Warehousing and Distribution

    2. 5.2 By End-User

      1. 5.2.1 Automobile

      2. 5.2.2 Chemicals

      3. 5.2.3 Construction

      4. 5.2.4 Energy

      5. 5.2.5 Manufacturing

      6. 5.2.6 Healthcare

      7. 5.2.7 Retail

      8. 5.2.8 Others


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 DB Schenker

      2. 6.2.2 DHL Supply Chain

      3. 6.2.3 DP World

      4. 6.2.4 Eurosib

      5. 6.2.5 FM Logistics

      6. 6.2.6 Kuehne Nagel

      7. 6.2.7 Nienshants

      8. 6.2.8 NLK

      9. 6.2.9 RZD Logistics

      10. 6.2.10 STS Logistics

      11. 6.2.11 UPS

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

    1. 7.1 Recent Mergers and Acquisitions



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Frequently Asked Questions

The russia 3pl market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The russia 3pl market is growing at a CAGR of >9% over the next 5 years.

DHL International GmbH., UPS, KUEHNE + NAGEL, RZD Logistics, Eurosib are the major companies operating in russia 3pl market.

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