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

The Freight and Logistics market in Turkey is segmented by Function (Freight Transport, Freight Forwarding, Warehousing, Value-added Services, Cold Chain Logistics) and by End-User (Manufacturing & Automotive, Oil & Gas and Quarrying, Agriculture, Construction, Distributive Trade (Wholesale and Retail Segments - FMCG included) and Other end-users (Pharmaceutical and telecommunications)).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: 8 %

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Market Overview

The Turkey freight and logistics market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 8% during the forecasted period. The growth is a result of the country’s strategic location between Asia and Europe. The key growth drivers for the market include increasing online purchasing boosting the e-commerce market, the Middle Corridor Initiative by Turkey, increasing yearly investments by the government to improve the state of infrastructure in the country such as road & rail networks, and expansion of airports and seaports.

Scope of the report

Turkey freight and logistics market report provides insights on the market like Market Overview, Market Dynamics, Technology Innovation and its Impact, Impact of Ecommerce Industry, Impact of Regulations on Logistics Sector, Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis, Brief on Free Zones and Economic Zones , Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) market in Turkey and 3PL market in Turkey.

It also provides a comprehensive analysis of the segmentation by Function (Freight Transport, Freight Forwarding, Warehousing, Courier, Express, and Parcel, Value-added Services, Cold Chain Logistics, Last Mile Logistics, Return Logistics, and Other Emerging Areas) and by End-User (Construction, Oil & Gas and Quarrying, Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry, Manufacturing & Automotive, Distributive Trade, Others (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)).

Furthermore, the report also provides company profiles with leading market players to understand the competitive landscape of the market.

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Key Market Trends

Roadways have Largest market Share for Domestic Freight Transportation

The manufacturing and the automotive industries have been the major driving force for the growth of the logistics industry in Turkey. The manufacturing sector contributed to almost 25.0% of the country’s GDP. The machinery and equipment manufacturing sector has been the major contributor to the exported items in Turkey. As a result, Turkey is the fourteenth major automotive producer in the world and fifth-largest in Europe, with a 78.0% average export rate. For the domestic manufacturer’s in these industries the transportation costs are a huge segment of the product’s final cost, as a result the roadways are more preferred over any other mode of freight transportation. More than 85% of domestic freight is transported through roads in turkey, a huge majority compared to the next largest market sector, rail, with 5%. The volumes have been on a constant increase since 2010. The Turkish road network has been vital to the growth of the country’s logistics industry. The country is implementing various projects for rail freight corridors, coastal freight corridors and international highway corridors to become a leading logistics market. Moreover, initiatives like the much-anticipated Belt and Road initiative (BRI) by China will provide a boost to the logistics industry in Turkey.

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Infrastructure Investments and Public Private Partnership (PPP)

Turkish economy is rapidly growing with an average annual GDP growth rate of 5.5%. With increasing population and urbanization, the manufacturing industries are also flourishing. Therefore, Turkey’s growing trade volume and strategic location compels the country to develop its infrastructure. Till mid-2019, Turkey has implemented $139 Billion worth of Public Private Partnership (PPP) projects in a variety of sectors from transportation to healthcare and energy, ample opportunities for investment are available. Turkey has implemented a variety of mega projects with Build-Operate-Transfer model such as New Istanbul Airport, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Gebze- Orhangazi – Izmir Motorway and Eurasia Tunnel. A total of 242 projects have been set up from 1986 till 2018. Transportation and energy infrastructure projects dominate the PPP market in Turkey. From 2003 - 2018, a total of 515 billion ₺ worth of infrastructure investments have been done including completed PPP projects and government investments. With the country being located at such a strategic location that connects the east and the west, the country provides access to Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa. This placement justifies the importance for its logistics market and the need for infrastructure investments.

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Competitive Landscape

The competition in the freight forwarding industry in Turkey is highly fragmented with the presence of both domestic as well as international logistics companies in the country. As of 2018 The Association of International Forwarding and Logistics Service Providers Turkey (UTIKAD) represents more than 450 freight forwarder members offering air, ocean, rail, and road forwarding activities with a total workforce of about 50,000 employees. Some of the existing major players in the market include – XPO Logistics, DB Schenker, Agility Logistics, DHL, Kuehne + Nagel, Nippon Express, C.H. Robinson, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics, Omsan Logistics, CEVA Logistics, Karinca Logistics, KITA Logistics, Ekol Logistics, Netlog Logistics and Mars Logistics.

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 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    3. 4.3 Technological Trends

    4. 4.4 Insights on the E-commerce Industry

    5. 4.5 Insights on Logistics Infrastructure Development in Turkey

    6. 4.6 Brief on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) market in Turkey (Market Size and Forecast)

    7. 4.7 Insights on 3PL market in Turkey (Market Size and Forecast)


    1. 5.1 Drivers

    2. 5.2 Restraints

    3. 5.3 Opportunities

    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 Substitutes

      5. 5.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 6.1 By Function

      1. 6.1.1 Freight Transport

        1. Road

        2. 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 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry

      4. 6.2.4 Construction

      5. 6.2.5 Distributive Trade (Wholesale and Retail Segments - FMCG included)

      6. 6.2.6 Other End Users (Telecommunications, Pharmaceuticals, etc.)


    1. 7.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 XPO Logistics

      2. 7.2.2 DB Schenker

      3. 7.2.3 Agility Logistics

      4. 7.2.4 DHL

      5. 7.2.5 Kuehne + Nagel

      6. 7.2.6 Nippon Express

      7. 7.2.7 C.H. Robinson

      8. 7.2.8 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

      9. 7.2.9 Omsan Logistics

      10. 7.2.10 CEVA Logistics

      11. 7.2.11 Karinca Logistics

      12. 7.2.12 KITA Logistics

      13. 7.2.13 Ekol Logistics

      14. 7.2.14 Netlog Logistics

      15. 7.2.15 Mars Logistics*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  9. 9. APPENDIX

    1. 9.1 Macroeconomic Indicators

    2. 9.2 Insights on Capital Flows

    3. 9.3 External Trade Statistics (Detailed exports and imports by product)

    4. 9.4 Economic Statistics - Transport and Storage Sector Contribution to Economy

  10. 10. DISCLAIMER

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Frequently Asked Questions

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

The Turkey Freight and Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of 8% over the next 5 years.

XPO Logistics, C.H. Robinson, CEVA Logistics, DB Schenker, Ekol Logistics are the major companies operating in Turkey Freight and Logistics Market.

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