Sea Freight Forwarding Market Size

Statistics for the 2023 & 2024 Sea Freight Forwarding market size, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. Sea Freight Forwarding size report includes a market forecast to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry size analysis as a free report PDF download.

Market Size of Sea Freight Forwarding Industry

Global Sea Freight Forwarding Market Summary
Study Period 2020 - 2029
Market Size (2024) USD 75.21 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 96.86 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.19 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia
Market Concentration Low

Major Players

Global Sea Freight Forwarding Market  Major Players

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Sea Freight Forwarding Market Analysis

The Sea Freight Forwarding Market size is estimated at USD 75.21 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 96.86 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.19% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • The global sea freight forwarding market is booming, owing to the growing internet penetration, increasing Purchasing Power Parity, and developments in infrastructure and services designed particularly for the e-commerce industry. The epidemic negatively impacted the shipping industry as workforces in these sectors were shut down for safety and to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Sea freight forwarding has emerged as a preferred mode among several end-user industries and several strategic partnerships are also likely to promote the growth of sea freight forwarding during the forecast period. The growing global cross-border e-commerce market is driving the LCL volume and is positively impacting the sea freight forwarding market growth.
  • Sea freight has been an important means of transporting goods, products, and people for thousands of years. Today, ships transport vital commodities such as coal, oil and gas, supporting the global economy. In 2021 alone, about 1.5 million tonnes of coal and about 1.10 million tonnes of oil were shipped.
  • More importantly, about 85% of all goods are transported by sea, mainly by container ships. Compared to other means of transport, vessels have vast capacities suitable for transporting large, heavy, and bulky items that are more economical while producing relatively small amounts of emissions.
  • Shipping rates are expected to drop further for the rest of the year and into 2023, according to shipowners and analysts. With a number of new vessels entering service over the next two years, net growth in the fleet size is expected to be over 9% through 2023 to 2024. By contrast, container volume growth in 2024 could be slightly negative according to Braemer.

Sea Freight Forwarding Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)