United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The United Kingdom's Chemical Logistics Market Report is Segmented by Service (transportation, Warehousing, Distribution, And Inventory Management, Consulting & Management Services, Customs & Security, Green Logistics, And Other Services), Mode of Transportation (roadways, Railways, Airways, Waterways, And Pipelines) and End User (pharmaceutical Industry, Cosmetic Industry, Oil and Gas Industry, Specialty Chemicals Industry, And Other End Users). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecasts for the United Kingdom's Chemical Logistics in Value (USD) for all the Above Segments.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Size

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Summary
Study Period 2020-2024
Base Year For Estimation 2023
Market Size (2024) USD 4.99 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 6.63 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 5.93 %
Market Concentration Medium

Major Players

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Analysis

The United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market size is estimated at USD 4.99 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 6.63 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 5.93% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

There are strict legal requirements for chemical logistics operations in the United Kingdom. Directive 2001/45/EEC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 June 2001, which amends Council Directive 89 /655 / EEC on the minimum health and safety requirements for the application of work equipment to workers at work. (Second individual Directive under Article 16 (1) of Council Directive 89 /391 / EEC).

According to industry experts, the revenue from chemicals and chemical products is set to increase by USD 9.28 billion in 2023 up to USD 9.56 billion in 2024 for the category of soap and detergents, perfumes, cleaners, and polishings or toilet preparations.

The value added in the UK chemicals market is reported to amount to USD 12.76 billion in 2024 from USD 12.28 billion in 2023. Innovation and technical progress are frequent drivers of the chemicals sector. Investing in R&D and introducing new and improved products or processes can increase the value added by companies in the United Kingdom chemical market.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Trends

The Impact of Brexit on Trade with the United Kingdom

Chemical products imported into the United Kingdom have severely declined, indicating an effect of Brexit. According to industry experts, while transactions worth USD 13.22 billion were done in 2021, only USD 10.02 billion was done in 2022. The country saw a decline of almost 24% in the period.

Business transactions between China and the UK have taken a turn. The import value of chemical products has fallen sharply from USD 6.0 billion in 2021 to USD 2.95 billion in 2022.

The United Kingdom's exports to non-EU countries, particularly to the United States, have performed poorly. Partially, this is due to the United Kingdom being in a weaker position to benefit from increased demand, as it seems to be declining mainly in non-exporting markets. The export value of miscellaneous chemical products to the United States has fallen from USD 1.25 billion in 2021 to USD 1.11 billion in 2022.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market: Chemical products imported: in USD billion, U.K., 2019-2022

Chemical Consumption in the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom’s import value of fertilizers has been rising, indicating the country's consumption of chemicals and the need for logistics. According to Statista, in 2022, the United Kingdom imported USD 2.62 billion worth of fertilizers.

Croda International Plc is the largest chemical company in the United Kingdom in terms of revenue, followed by Johnson Matthey Plc. According to industry experts, their 2022 net income in the United Kingdom was GBP 193.9 million (USD 244.12 million) and GBP 177 million (USD 222.84 million), respectively. This indicates the value of the country's consumption of chemicals.

Also, in November 2023, LyondellBasell, a supplier of polyolefins in the chemical industry, announced that it is setting up a new distribution center for its grades in the United Kingdom. As part of their commitment to improve the customer experience by placing stocks in customers' facilities, which reduces lead times for orders, this strategic move is a continuation of these efforts. This distribution hub in the United Kingdom is an integral part of LyondellBasell's global footprint.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market: Import of fertilizer: in USD million, U.K., 2019-2022

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Industry Overview

The market for chemical logistics in the United Kingdom is competitive, owing to the presence of various companies. The e-commerce logistics market in the United Kingdom is moderately fragmented and depicts competition among the market players. The competitive landscape is dynamic, with ongoing developments and competition driving companies to adapt to emerging trends, technological progress, and changing consumer preferences. Global logistics giants such as DHL have a strong presence, providing a range of services from express delivery to supply chain management. However, the chemical logistics industry in the United Kingdom has relatively high entry barriers due to stringent regulations and strict safety and environmental standards. DHL International Gmbh, Dachser, and Rhenus Logistics are among the most important players in this sector.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Leaders

  1. DHL


  3. Rhenus Logistics

  4. C.H. Robinson

  5. CEVA Logistics

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Concentration
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United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market News

May 2023: Intellegens Limited declared that it would form a consortium to help accelerate the adoption of AI techniques like machine learning in the UK materials and chemicals industries. Artificial intelligence and machine learning will allow chemical and material research and development organizations to learn from their experimental and process data and guide and accelerate the development of formulated products and the implementation of industrial processes.

April 2023: Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom have worked together to prioritize green energy and technology, agriculture, mechanical engineering, petrochemical and chemical industry, mining and metallurgy, food production, education, and infrastructure. The United Kingdom is one of Kazakhstan's 15 main trading partners. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, more than 550 British companies, joint ventures, and representative offices with British participation are registered in the country.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Technological Trends

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Government Regulations and Initiatives

    5. 4.5 Insights into the 3PL

    6. 4.6 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    7. 4.7 Demand and Supply Analysis


    1. 5.1 Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Adherence to Stringent Regulations

      2. 5.1.2 Globalization of Supply Chains

    2. 5.2 Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Environmental Concerns

    3. 5.3 Opportunities

      1. 5.3.1 Green Logistics

    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 / Buyers

      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 Service

      1. 6.1.1 Transportation

      2. 6.1.2 Warehousing, Distribution, and Inventory Management

      3. 6.1.3 Consulting & Management Services

      4. 6.1.4 Customs & Security

      5. 6.1.5 Green Logistics

      6. 6.1.6 Other Services

    2. 6.2 By Mode of Transportation

      1. 6.2.1 Roadways

      2. 6.2.2 Railways

      3. 6.2.3 Airways

      4. 6.2.4 Waterways

      5. 6.2.5 Pipelines

    3. 6.3 By End User

      1. 6.3.1 Pharmaceutical Industry

      2. 6.3.2 Cosmetic Industry

      3. 6.3.3 Oil and Gas Industry

      4. 6.3.4 Specialty Chemicals Industry

      5. 6.3.5 Other End Users


    1. 7.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 7.2 Company Profiles

      1. 7.2.1 DHL

      2. 7.2.2 DACHSER

      3. 7.2.3 Rhenus Logistics

      4. 7.2.4 C.H. Robinson

      5. 7.2.5 CEVA Logistics

      6. 7.2.6 Den Hartogh

      7. 7.2.7 BDP International

      8. 7.2.8 Streamline Shipping

      9. 7.2.9 Hoyer Group

      10. 7.2.10 Suttons Group*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive
    4. 7.3 Other Companies


  9. 9. APPENDIX

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United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Industry Segmentation

The logistics of chemicals and related products in the supply chain is concerned with planning, implementing, or controlling their movement, storage, and handling throughout the supply chain. This specialized area of logistics plays a key role in ensuring the safe transport, storage, and distribution of various types of chemicals, such as hazardous materials. The choice of appropriate modes of transport, considering the nature of the chemicals and their destination, is also part of this process.

A comprehensive background analysis of the United Kingdom’s chemical logistics market, covering the current market trends, restraints, technological updates, and detailed information on various segments and the competitive landscape of the industry. The impact of COVID-19 has also been incorporated and considered during the study.

The United Kingdom's chemical logistics market is segmented by service (transportation, warehousing, distribution, and inventory management, consulting & management services, customs & security, green logistics, and other services), mode of transportation (roadways, railways, airways, waterways, and pipelines) and end user (pharmaceutical industry, cosmetic industry, oil and gas industry, specialty chemicals industry, and other end users). The report offers market size and forecasts for the United Kingdom's chemical logistics in value (USD) for all the above segments.

By Service
Warehousing, Distribution, and Inventory Management
Consulting & Management Services
Customs & Security
Green Logistics
Other Services
By Mode of Transportation
By End User
Pharmaceutical Industry
Cosmetic Industry
Oil and Gas Industry
Specialty Chemicals Industry
Other End Users
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United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Research FAQs

The United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market size is expected to reach USD 4.99 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 5.93% to reach USD 6.63 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market size is expected to reach USD 4.99 billion.

DHL, DACHSER, Rhenus Logistics, C.H. Robinson and CEVA Logistics are the major companies operating in the United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market.

In 2023, the United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market size was estimated at USD 4.69 billion. The report covers the United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market historical market size for years: 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market size for years: 2024.

United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Industry Report

Statistics for the 2024 United Kingdom Chemical Logistics market share, size and revenue growth rate, created by Mordor Intelligence™ Industry Reports. United Kingdom Chemical Logistics analysis includes a market forecast outlook for 2024 to 2029 and historical overview. Get a sample of this industry analysis as a free report PDF download.

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United Kingdom Chemical Logistics Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)