Sea Freight Forwarding Market Trends

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Market Trends of Sea Freight Forwarding Industry

This section covers the major market trends shaping the Sea Freight Forwarding Market according to our research experts:

Rising Cross Broder E-Commerce is driving the Market

In 2021, retail e-commerce sales worldwide amounted to around USD 5,211 Billion and e-retail revenues are projected to grow even further at a quicker pace in the coming few years. Further, as online shopping is one of the most popular online activities worldwide is driving both the domestic and cross-border e-commerce in developing markets such as China, India, and Indonesia. This encompasses not just direct-to-consumer retail, but also shipments of electronics, pharmaceuticals, and consumer packaged goods.

Growth in e-commerce is tied very closely to the consumption growth in the region as developing economies make the gradual shift from growth by manufacturing for export to higher levels of consumption by expanding middle classes.

In China, cross-border e-commerce transactions already accounted for up to 25 percent of total import and export trading volumes. Compared to China, in other regions, the size of e-commerce related businessess is much smaller, but the growth is also rapid. One of the most preferred modese for e-commerce freight forwarding is through sea and many business are favoring that as evidenced by the growing of ocean freight volumes to 20 billion tons in 2021.

Global Sea Freight Forwarding Market : Global Cross-border E-commerce sales (in USD billion), 2015-2021

Rise In Seaborne Trade Transport Volume

The growth of seaborne trade benefits customers all around the world by lowering the cost of shipping. The prospects for the industry's continued growth remain favorable due to the increasing efficiency of shipping as a mode of transportation and further economic liberalization.

Despite the current circumstances, the industry's long-term prospects are still highly favorable. The world's population is still growing, and developing nations will keep needing more of the goods and raw materials that shipping transfers so securely and effectively. The volume of international trade conducted by sea has recently started to rise steadily once more. The fact that shipping is the most environmentally benign and cost-effective method of commercial transportation should eventually lead to an increase in the percentage of world trade that is transported by sea.

Over 50,000 merchant ships operate abroad and carry all different kinds of goods. More than a million seafarers of essentially every nationality make up the world fleet, which is registered in more than 150 countries.

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the operation of commercial ships generates freight rates worth roughly USD 380 billion for the global economy or about 5% of all trade.

The expansion of free trade and the demand for consumer goods has been fueled by rising industrialization and the liberalization of national economies. Technology advancements have also increased the effectiveness and speed of the shipping as a mode of transportation.

Between 1990 and 2020, seaborne trade volumes more than doubled to reach 10.65 billion tons. In 2020, 1.85 billion tons of international seaborne trade was carried by container ships. As of January 2021, Panama had the world's largest merchant fleet with 343.6 million DWT operator seats. The business volume of ocean freight forwarders has been steadily increasing because in the last three decades, the seaborne trade transport volume roughly tripled, reaching 150 billion metric tons in 2021.

Global Sea Freight Forwarding Market  :  Leading Ocean Freight Forwarders in the World based on TEUs, 2021

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