US Courier, Express, and Parcel Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The United States Courier Express and Parcel Market is segmented by Destination (Domestic and International), Channel of Distribution (B2B and B2C), and by End-Users (Services (BFSI (Banking, Financial Services, and Insurance), Wholesale and Retail Trade (Including E-commerce, Life Sciences/Healthcare, Industrial Manufacturing and others). The report offers market sizes and forecasts in value (USD) for all the above segments.

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US Courier, Express, and Parcel Market Analysis

The United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market size is estimated at 183.98 billion USD in 2024, and is expected to reach 239.38 billion USD by 2030, growing at a CAGR of 4.48% during the forecast period (2024-2030).

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183.98 Billion

Market Size in 2024 (USD)

239.38 Billion

Market Size in 2030 (USD)

3.46 %

CAGR (2017-2023)

4.48 %

CAGR (2024-2030)

Fastest Growing Market by Speed of Delivery

5.22 %

Projected CAGR, Express, 2024-2030

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Courier companies aim to achieve higher efficiency levels through extended service hours at a lower cost due to significantly increasing demand and intense competition.

Fastest Growing Market by Model

5.83 %

Projected CAGR, Business-to-Consumer (B2C), 2024-2030

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Convenience is the major factor driving the segment's growth, wherein the most popular product categories sold online in 2022 were fashion items, toys, and hobby & DIY goods.

Largest Market by Shipment Weight

74.60 %

value share, Light Weight Shipments, 2023

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The delivery demand in the banking, financial services, and insurance (BFSI) industry and for over-the-counter pharmaceutical and apparel goods is driving the segment's growth.

Largest Market by End User Industry

42.34 %

value share, E-Commerce, 2023

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The top e-commerce players with a significant presence in the country are generating delivery demand for fashion items, toys, and hobby & DIY goods.

First Leading Market Player

38.49 %

market share, United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS), Inc. (UPS)

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UPS has an average daily package volume of more than 20 million in its US Domestic Package segment, including around 2 million packages from its Next-day Air segment.

Rising domestic CEP demand led by the rising e-commerce market in the country

  • E-commerce growth and the global pandemic fueled the parcel shipping market, as consumers were more inclined toward ordering online compared to purchasing from physical stores. This led to a CAGR growth of 2.62% in value from 2017-2021. With rising revenue and parcel volumes, many companies are undertaking acquisitions in the country. In October 2023, UPS Inc. acquired Happy Returns, a returns management software company, from PayPal Holdings Inc.
  • The industry witnessed growth in parcel volumes in 2021 and 2022, owing to the rising e-commerce sales. In 2021, the e-commerce value rose by 22.32% YoY, followed by a 7.87% YoY increase in 2022. This resulted in the growth of CEP volumes. However, despite the overall growth in courier, express, and parcel volumes, there has been a slight decline in employment statistics for the industry. In 2022, there were 68,310 couriers and messengers in the United States compared to 70,700 messengers in 2020. In 2022, postal service workers in the United States earned an average of USD 25.71 per hour.
  • The US e-commerce market has been constantly evolving during the study period. B2C e-commerce sales in the United States are projected to grow from around USD 811 billion in 2022 to around USD 1.23 trillion in 2025. This is expected to give a boost to both domestic and international courier, express, and parcel market volumes during the forecast period. Among the e-commerce players, Amazon is the most popular e-retailer in the United States, with a market share of 37.8%. Other successful shopping websites include eBay (3.5% market share), Walmart (6.3% market share), Target (2.1% market share), and Apple (3.9% market share).
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United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market Trends

The US dominates with 86% of regional GDP contribution, fueled by an infrastructure program that boosts ports and supply chains

  • During the third quarter of 2022, the GDP of the transportation sector in the United States expanded from USD 536.40 billion in the second quarter to USD 550.40 billion due to heightened international trade activities propelling this growth. The intricate transportation and storage infrastructure network within the United States is a sophisticated mechanism to facilitate the movement of goods, individuals, and information across the nation. In 2022, the US government strategically allocated its federal spending on transportation and infrastructure, apportioning 39% toward highways, 28% to rail and mass transit, 22% to air travel, and 9% to water transportation.
  • In 2021, the transportation services sector, valued at USD 1.9 trillion, constituted 8.4% of the GDP. This sector demonstrated a strong recovery, achieving a YoY growth rate of 12.34% in its contribution to the GDP. This growth encompasses various aspects of transportation, including for-hire, in-house, and household contributions, all amounting to a combined total value of USD 642.60 billion.
  • In 2022, the US Department of Transportation revealed the Port Infrastructure Development Program by the Maritime Administration, securing over USD 703 million dedicated to bolstering 41 projects spanning 22 states and a territory. The primary goal of these initiatives is to amplify the capabilities of port facilities. The allocated funds are poised to enhance the dependability of supply chains by amplifying port capacity and durability, optimizing operational processes, reducing emissions originating from ports, and generating fresh job prospects within coastal seaports, Great Lakes ports, and inland river ports.
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The United States remained a net crude oil importer in 2022, importing about 6.28 million bpd of crude oil from 80 countries

  • The price of gasoline declined by 3.44% YoY and reached 0.847 USD/liter in 2022. In 2022, total petroleum exports were about 9.58 million barrels per day (b/d), and total petroleum imports were about 8.32 million b/d, making the United States an annual net total petroleum exporter for the third year in a row. Although the total annual petroleum exports of the United States were greater than total petroleum imports in 2020, 2021, and 2022, the United States still imported some crude oil and petroleum products from other countries to help supply domestic demand for petroleum and to supply international markets. The United States remained a net crude oil importer in 2022, importing about 6.28 million b/d of crude oil from 80 countries. Some of the crude oil that the United States imports is refined by US refineries into petroleum products such as gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel, and jet fuel.
  • The prices of diesel witnessed the maximum YoY growth rate of 29.16% in 2022 and reached 1.24 USD/liter. Unlike gas and jet fuel, demand for diesel recovered at a much faster pace from the pandemic. Diesel is used for transporting goods as well as powering construction, farming, and military vehicles and equipment.
  • Many western states faced higher gas prices because of limited refining capacity. However, several refinery accidents throughout the year caused spikes in other regions as well. The average diesel fuel consumption in the United States amounted to around 3.85 million barrels daily in June 2023. Greater demand for North American diesel by Europe in the wake of the war in Ukraine kept diesel prices high.
United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market

OTHER KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS COVERED IN THE REPORT

  • US e-commerce is expected to soar to USD 925.40 billion in 2023, fueled by population growth and urban shift
  • Agriculture, fishing, and forestry registered tremendous growth during the review period despite a reduction in the number of farms in 2022 in the United States
  • The number of e-commerce users in the United States is expected to reach 289.9 million by 2027 from 264.5 million in 2021
  • The United States is expected to remain the top exporter of petroleum products through 2050
  • US boosts highway investment by 55% to improve infrastructure, targeting supply chain efficiency by 2026
  • The US economy is driven by bricks and mortar stores, with a share of 70% in overall retail sales
  • The residue impact of the economic shutdown on global supply chains largely led to an increase in food and energy prices
  • The US manufacturing sector expanded by 12% YoY in 2022, led by the chemical and chemical products sub-segment
  • US retail imports are anticipating slowdown driven by supply chain challenges in 2023
  • The US government plans to invest USD 550 billion in repairing existing infrastructure till 2026

US Courier, Express, and Parcel Industry Overview

The United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market is fairly consolidated, with the top five companies occupying 74.78%. The major players in this market are DHL Group, FedEx, OnTrac, United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS) and USPS (sorted alphabetically).

US Courier, Express, and Parcel Market Leaders

  1. DHL Group

  2. FedEx

  3. OnTrac

  4. United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS)

  5. USPS

United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market Concentration

Other important companies include Amazon, Aramex, Dropoff Inc., International Distributions Services (including GLS), Spee Dee Delivery Service Inc., USA Couriers, Yellow Corporation.

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in alphabetical order.

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US Courier, Express, and Parcel Market News

  • December 2023: Amazon has delivered 1 billion packages from Same-Day sites in the United States. The same-day delivery facilities are designed for quick deliveries, fulfillment, and sorting all from one site making delivering customer packages even faster.
  • December 2023: Amazon has launched 2nd same-day delivery facility in Massachusetts for certain towns and cities in Central Massachusetts. It is a 200,000-square-foot, custom-built site launched in Westborough. It was a part of its plan to expand its same-day delivery services in Massachusetts.
  • July 2023: With the USD 9.6 million investment, DHL Express acquired a location closer to the commercial core in downtown Denver. The new DHL Service Point includes nearly 56,000 sq. ft of combined warehouse and office space, along with 60 positions for vehicles to load and unload shipments around its conveyable sorting system.

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US Courier, Express, and Parcel Market Report - Table of Contents

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY & KEY FINDINGS

  2. REPORT OFFERS

  3. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1. Study Assumptions & Market Definition

    2. 1.2. Scope of the Study​

    3. 1.3. Research Methodology

  4. 2. KEY INDUSTRY TRENDS

    1. 2.1. Demographics

    2. 2.2. GDP Distribution By Economic Activity

    3. 2.3. GDP Growth By Economic Activity

    4. 2.4. Inflation

    5. 2.5. Economic Performance And Profile

      1. 2.5.1. Trends in E-Commerce Industry

      2. 2.5.2. Trends in Manufacturing Industry

    6. 2.6. Transport And Storage Sector GDP

    7. 2.7. Export Trends

    8. 2.8. Import Trends

    9. 2.9. Fuel Price

    10. 2.10. Logistics Performance

    11. 2.11. Infrastructure

    12. 2.12. Regulatory Framework

      1. 2.12.1. United States

    13. 2.13. Value Chain & Distribution Channel Analysis

  5. 3. MARKET SEGMENTATION (includes Market Value in USD, Forecasts up to 2030 and analysis of growth prospects)

    1. 3.1. Destination

      1. 3.1.1. Domestic

      2. 3.1.2. International

    2. 3.2. Speed Of Delivery

      1. 3.2.1. Express

      2. 3.2.2. Non-Express

    3. 3.3. Model

      1. 3.3.1. Business-to-Business (B2B)

      2. 3.3.2. Business-to-Consumer (B2C)

      3. 3.3.3. Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)

    4. 3.4. Shipment Weight

      1. 3.4.1. Heavy Weight Shipments

      2. 3.4.2. Light Weight Shipments

      3. 3.4.3. Medium Weight Shipments

    5. 3.5. Mode Of Transport

      1. 3.5.1. Air

      2. 3.5.2. Road

      3. 3.5.3. Others

    6. 3.6. End User Industry

      1. 3.6.1. E-Commerce

      2. 3.6.2. Financial Services (BFSI)

      3. 3.6.3. Healthcare

      4. 3.6.4. Manufacturing

      5. 3.6.5. Primary Industry

      6. 3.6.6. Wholesale and Retail Trade (Offline)

      7. 3.6.7. Others

  6. 4. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 4.1. Key Strategic Moves

    2. 4.2. Market Share Analysis

    3. 4.3. Company Landscape

    4. 4.4. Company Profiles

      1. 4.4.1. Amazon

      2. 4.4.2. Aramex

      3. 4.4.3. DHL Group

      4. 4.4.4. Dropoff Inc.

      5. 4.4.5. FedEx

      6. 4.4.6. International Distributions Services (including GLS)

      7. 4.4.7. OnTrac

      8. 4.4.8. Spee Dee Delivery Service Inc.

      9. 4.4.9. United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS)

      10. 4.4.10. USA Couriers

      11. 4.4.11. USPS

      12. 4.4.12. Yellow Corporation

  7. 5. KEY STRATEGIC QUESTIONS FOR CEP CEOS

  8. 6. APPENDIX

    1. 6.1. Global Overview

      1. 6.1.1. Overview

      2. 6.1.2. Porter’s Five Forces Framework

      3. 6.1.3. Global Value Chain Analysis

      4. 6.1.4. Market Dynamics (DROs)

      5. 6.1.5. Technological Advancements

    2. 6.2. Sources & References

    3. 6.3. List of Tables & Figures

    4. 6.4. Primary Insights

    5. 6.5. Data Pack

    6. 6.6. Glossary of Terms

List of Tables & Figures

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  2. POPULATION DISTRIBUTION BY GENDER, COUNT, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. POPULATION DISTRIBUTION BY DEVELOPMENT AREA, COUNT, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. POPULATION DENSITY, POPULATION/SQ. KM, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) SHARE OF FINAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE (IN CURRENT PRICES), SHARE % OF GDP, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. FINAL CONSUMPTION EXPENDITURE, ANNUAL GROWTH (%), UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. POPULATION DISTRIBUTION BY MAJOR CITY, COUNT, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. DISTRIBUTION OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, SHARE %, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. GROWTH OF GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP) BY ECONOMIC ACTIVITY, CAGR %, UNITED STATES, 2017 – 2022
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  2. WHOLESALE PRICE INFLATION RATE, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. CONSUMER PRICE INFLATION RATE, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. GROSS MERCHANDISE VALUE (GMV) OF E-COMMERCE INDUSTRY, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2027
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  2. SECTORAL SHARE IN E-COMMERCE INDUSTRY GROSS MERCHANDISE VALUE (GMV), SHARE %, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. GROSS VALUE ADDED (GVA) OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY (IN CURRENT PRICES), USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. SECTORAL SHARE IN GROSS VALUE ADDED (GVA) OF MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY, SHARE %, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. VALUE OF TRANSPORT AND STORAGE SECTOR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP), USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 – 2022
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  2. TRANSPORT AND STORAGE SECTOR GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT (GDP), SHARE % OF GDP, UNITED STATES, 2022
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  2. VALUE OF EXPORTS, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. VALUE OF IMPORTS, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. FUEL PRICE BY TYPE OF FUEL, USD/LITER, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. RANK OF LOGISTICS PERFORMANCE, RANK, UNITED STATES, 2010 - 2023
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  2. LENGTH OF ROADS, KM, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. SHARE OF ROAD LENGTH BY SURFACE CATEGORY, %, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. SHARE OF ROAD LENGTH BY ROAD CLASSIFICATION, %, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. RAIL LENGTH, KM, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2022
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  2. CONTAINERS HANDLED AT MAJOR PORTS, TWENTY-FOOT EQUIVALENT UNITS (TEUS), UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. CARGO WEIGHT HANDLED AT MAJOR AIRPORTS, TONS, UNITED STATES, 2023
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  2. VOLUME OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY DESTINATION, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY DESTINATION, USD, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY DESTINATION, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY DESTINATION, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF DOMESTIC COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF DOMESTIC COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF DOMESTIC COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF INTERNATIONAL COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF INTERNATIONAL COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF INTERNATIONAL COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SPEED OF DELIVERY, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SPEED OF DELIVERY, USD, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SPEED OF DELIVERY, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SPEED OF DELIVERY, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF EXPRESS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF EXPRESS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF EXPRESS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF NON-EXPRESS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF NON-EXPRESS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF NON-EXPRESS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY MODEL, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY MODEL, USD, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY MODEL, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY MODEL, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS (B2B) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS (B2B) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS (B2B) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF BUSINESS-TO-CONSUMER (B2C) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF BUSINESS-TO-CONSUMER (B2C) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF BUSINESS-TO-CONSUMER (B2C) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF CONSUMER-TO-CONSUMER (C2C) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF CONSUMER-TO-CONSUMER (C2C) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF CONSUMER-TO-CONSUMER (C2C) COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SHIPMENT WEIGHT, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SHIPMENT WEIGHT, USD, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SHIPMENT WEIGHT, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME SHARE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY SHIPMENT WEIGHT, %, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF HEAVY WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF HEAVY WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF HEAVY WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF LIGHT WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF LIGHT WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF LIGHT WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF MEDIUM WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF MEDIUM WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET, USD, UNITED STATES, 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE SHARE OF MEDIUM WEIGHT SHIPMENTS COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY END USER INDUSTRY, %, UNITED STATES, 2022 VS 2030
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  2. VOLUME OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY MODE OF TRANSPORT, NUMBER OF PARCELS, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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  2. VALUE OF COURIER, EXPRESS, AND PARCEL (CEP) MARKET BY MODE OF TRANSPORT, USD, UNITED STATES 2017 - 2030
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United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Industry Segmentation

Domestic, International are covered as segments by Destination. Express, Non-Express are covered as segments by Speed Of Delivery. Business-to-Business (B2B), Business-to-Consumer (B2C), Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C) are covered as segments by Model. Heavy Weight Shipments, Light Weight Shipments, Medium Weight Shipments are covered as segments by Shipment Weight. Air, Road, Others are covered as segments by Mode Of Transport. E-Commerce, Financial Services (BFSI), Healthcare, Manufacturing, Primary Industry, Wholesale and Retail Trade (Offline), Others are covered as segments by End User Industry.

  • E-commerce growth and the global pandemic fueled the parcel shipping market, as consumers were more inclined toward ordering online compared to purchasing from physical stores. This led to a CAGR growth of 2.62% in value from 2017-2021. With rising revenue and parcel volumes, many companies are undertaking acquisitions in the country. In October 2023, UPS Inc. acquired Happy Returns, a returns management software company, from PayPal Holdings Inc.
  • The industry witnessed growth in parcel volumes in 2021 and 2022, owing to the rising e-commerce sales. In 2021, the e-commerce value rose by 22.32% YoY, followed by a 7.87% YoY increase in 2022. This resulted in the growth of CEP volumes. However, despite the overall growth in courier, express, and parcel volumes, there has been a slight decline in employment statistics for the industry. In 2022, there were 68,310 couriers and messengers in the United States compared to 70,700 messengers in 2020. In 2022, postal service workers in the United States earned an average of USD 25.71 per hour.
  • The US e-commerce market has been constantly evolving during the study period. B2C e-commerce sales in the United States are projected to grow from around USD 811 billion in 2022 to around USD 1.23 trillion in 2025. This is expected to give a boost to both domestic and international courier, express, and parcel market volumes during the forecast period. Among the e-commerce players, Amazon is the most popular e-retailer in the United States, with a market share of 37.8%. Other successful shopping websites include eBay (3.5% market share), Walmart (6.3% market share), Target (2.1% market share), and Apple (3.9% market share).
Destination
Domestic
International
Speed Of Delivery
Express
Non-Express
Model
Business-to-Business (B2B)
Business-to-Consumer (B2C)
Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C)
Shipment Weight
Heavy Weight Shipments
Light Weight Shipments
Medium Weight Shipments
Mode Of Transport
Air
Road
Others
End User Industry
E-Commerce
Financial Services (BFSI)
Healthcare
Manufacturing
Primary Industry
Wholesale and Retail Trade (Offline)
Others
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Market Definition

  • Courier, Express, and Parcel - The Courier, Express, and Parcel services, often called as CEP Market, refers to the logistics and postal service providers which specialize in moving small goods (parcels/packages). It captures the overall market size (USD) and market volume (number of parcels) of (1) the shipments/parcels/packages which are under 70kgs/ 154lbs weight, (2) Business Customer packages viz. Business-to-Business (B2B) & Business-to-Consumer (B2C) as well as private customer packages (C2C), (3) non-express parcel delivery services (Standard and Deferred) as well as express parcel delivery services (Day-Definite-Express and Time-Definite-Express), (4) domestic as well as international shipments.
  • Demographics - To analyse total addressable market demand, population growth & forecasts have been studied and presented in this industry trend. It represents population distribution across categories like gender (male/female), development area (urban/rural), major cities among other key parameters like population density and final consumption expenditure (growth and share % of GDP). This data has been used for assessing the fluctations in demand & consumption expenditure, and the major hotspots (cities) of potential demand.
  • Domestic Courier Market - Domestic Courier Market refers to the CEP shipments wherein the origin and destination is within the boundary of the geography studied (country or region as per the scope of report). It captures the market size (USD) and market volume (number of parcels) of (1) the shipments/parcels/packages which are under 70kgs/ 154lbs weight, including light weight shipments, medium weight shipments and heavy weight shipments (2) Business Customer packages viz. Business-to-Business (B2B) & Business-to-Consumer (B2C) as well as private customer packages (C2C), (3) non-express parcel delivery services (Standard and Deferred) as well as express parcel delivery services (Day-Definite-Express and Time-Definite-Express).
  • E-Commerce - This end user industry segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the e-tailers, through online sales channel, on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. The scope includes (i) the supply chain of a company's online customer orders being fulfilled, (ii) the process of getting a product from the point of manufacturing to the point at which it is delivered to consumers. It involves managing inventory (deferred as well as time critical), shipping, and distribution.
  • Export Trends and Import Trends - Overall logistics performance of an economy is positively and significantly (statistically) correlated to its trade performance (exports and imports). Hence, in this industry trend, total value of trade, major commodities/ commodity groups and the major trade partners, for the studied geography (country or region as per the scope of report) have been analysed alongside the impact of major trade/logistics infrastructure investments & regulatory environment.
  • Financial Services (BFSI) - This end user industry segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the BFSI players, on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. CEP is important to the financial services industry in shipping of confidential documents and files. The establishments in this sector are engaged in (i) financial transactions (that is, transactions involving the creation, liquidation, or change in ownership of financial assets) or in facilitating financial transactions, (ii) financial intermediation, (iii) the pooling of risk by underwriting annuities and insurance, (iv) providing specialized services that facilitate or support financial intermediation, insurance and employee benefit programs, and (v) monetary control - the monetary authorities.
  • Fuel Price - Fuel price spikes can cause delays and diruption for logistics service providers (LSPs), while drops in the same can result in higher short-term profitability and increased market rivalry to offer consumers with the best deals. Hence, the fuel price variations have been studied over the review period and presented along with the causes as well as market impacts.
  • GDP Distribution by Economic Activity - Nominal Gross Domestic Product and distribution of the same, across major economic sectors in the geography studied (country or region as per scope of the report) have been studied and presented in this industry trend. As GDP is positively related to the profitability and growth of logistics industry, this data has been used in adjunction to the input-output tables/ supply-use tables for analyzing the potential major contributing sectors towards the logistics demand.
  • GDP Growth by Economic Activity - Growth of Nominal Gross Domestic Product across major economic sectors, for the geography studied (country or region as per scope of the report) have been presented in this industry trend. This data has been utilized for assessing the growth of logistics demand from all the market end users (economic sectors considered here).
  • Healthcare - This end user industry segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the Healthcare players (Hospitals, clinics, mrdical centres) , on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. The scope includes CEP services involved in the defrerred as well time critical movement of medical goods & supplies (surgical supplies and instruments, including gloves, masks, syringes, equipment). The establishments in this sector (i) include the ones providing medical care exclusively (ii) deliver services by trained professionals (iii) involve processes, including labor inputs of health practitioners with the requisite expertise (iv) are defined based on the educational degree held by the practitioners included in the industry.
  • Inflation - Variations in both Wholesale Price Inflation (YoY change in producer price index) and Consumer Price Inflation have been presented in this industry trend. This data has been used to assess the inflationary environment as it plays a vital role in smooth functioning of the supply chain, directly impacting the logistics operational cost components e.g., pricing of tyres, driver wages & benefits, energy/fuel prices, maintenace costs, toll charges, warehousing rents, custom brokerage, forwarding rates, courier rates etc. hence impacting the overall freight and logistics market.
  • Infrastructure - As infrastructure plays a vital role in an economy's logistics performance, variables like length of roads, distribution of road length by surface category (paved v/s unpaved), distribution of road length by road classification (expressways v/s highways v/s other roads), rail length, volume of containers handled by major ports and tonnage handled by major airports have been analysed and presented in this industry trend.
  • International Express Service Market - International Express Service Market refers to the CEP shipments wherein the origin or destination is not within the boundary of the geography studied (country or region as per the scope of report). It captures the market size (USD) and market volume (number of parcels) of (1) the shipments/parcels/packages which are under 70kgs/ 154lbs weight, including light weight shipments, medium weight shipments and heavy weight shipments (ii) Inter-Region as well as Intra-Region Shipments
  • Key Industry Trends - The report section named "Key Industry Trends" include all the key variables/parameters studied to better analyze the market size estimates and forecasts. All the trends have been presented in the form of data points (time series or latest available data points) along with analysis of the paramter in the form of concise market relevant commentary, for the geography studied (country or region as per the scope of report).
  • Key Strategic Moves - The action taken by a company to differentiate from its competitor or used as a general strategy is referred to as a key strategic move (KSM). This includes (1) Agreements (2) Expansions (3) Financial Restructuring (4) Mergers and Acquisitions (5) Partnerships, and (6) Product Innovations. Key players (Logistics Service Providers, LSPs) in the market have been shortlisted, their KSM have been studied and presented in this section.
  • Logistics Performance - Logistics Performance and Logistics Costs are the backbone of trade, and influences trade costs, making countries compete globally. Logistics performance is influenced by market wide adopted supply chain management strategies, government services, investments & policies, fuel/ energy costs, inflationary environment etc. Hence, in this industry trend, the logistics performance of the geography studied (country/ region as per the scope of report) has been analysed and presented over the review period.
  • Manufacturing - This end user industry segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the Manufacturing industry (including Hi-Tech/Technology) players, on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. The end user players considered are the establishments primarily engaged in the chemical, mechanical or physical transformation of materials or substances into new products. Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) play a crucial role in maintaining a smooth flow of raw materials across the supply chain, enabling timely delivery of finished goods to distributors or end customers and storing & supplying the raw materials to clients for just-in-time manufacturing.
  • Other End Users - Other end user segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the construction, real estate, educational services, and professional services (administrative, waste management, legal, architectural, engineering, design, consulting, scientific R&D), on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) plays a crucial role in the reliable movement of time critical supplies and documents to/from these industries such as transporting any equipment or resources required, shipping confidential documents and files.
  • Primary Industry - This end user industry segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the AFF (Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry) and Extraction indsutry (Oil &Gas, Quarrying and Mining) players, on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. The end user players considered are the establishments (i) primarily engaged in growing crops, raising animals, harvesting timber, harvesting fish & other animals from their natural habitats and providing related support activities; (ii) that extract naturally occurring mineral solids, such as coal and ores; liquid minerals, such as crude petroleum; and gases, such as natural gas. Herein, Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) (i) play a crucial role in acquisition, storage, handling, transportation, and distribution activities for the optimal & continuous flow of inputs (seeds, pesticides, fertilizers, equipment, and water) from manufacturers or suppliers to the producers and smooth flow of output (produce, agro-goods) to distributors/ consumers; (ii) cover entire phases from upstream to downstream and play a crucial role in the transportation of machinery, drilling equipments, extracted minerals, crude oil & natural gas and refined/ processed products from one place to another. This includes both termperature controlled and non-temperature controlled logistics, as and when required according to the shelf life of goods being transported or stored.
  • Producer Price Inflation - It indicates inflation from viewpoint of the producers viz. the average selling price received for their output over a period of time. Annual change (YoY) of producer price index is reported as wholesale price inflation in the "Inflation" industry trend. As WPI captures dynamic price movements in most comprehensive way, it is widely used by governments, banks, industry, business circles and is deemed important in formulation of trade, fiscal and other economic policies. The data has been used in adjunction to consumer price inflation for better understanding the inflationary environment.
  • Segmental Revenue - Segmental Revenue has been triangulated or computed and presented for all the major players in the market. It refers to the courier, express, and parcel (CEP) market specific revenue earned by the company, over the base year of study, in the geography studied (country or region as per the scope of report). It is computed through the study and analysis of major parameters like financials, service portfolio, employee strength, fleet size, investments, number of countries present in, major economies of concern, etc. that have been reported by the company in its annual reports, webpage. For companies having scarce financial disclosures, paid databases like D&B Hoovers, Dow Jones Factiva have been resorted to and verified through industry/expert interactions.
  • Transport and Storage Sector GDP - Value and growth of Transport and Storage Sector GDP has a direct relation to the freight and logistics market size. Hence, this variable has been studied and presented over the review period, in value terms (USD) and as share % of total GDP, in this industry trend. The data has been supported by concise and relevant commentary around the investments, developments, and current market scenario.
  • Trends in E-Commerce Industry - Enhanced internet connectivity and boom in smartphone penetration, coupled with increasing disposable incomes, has led to a phenomenal growth in the e-commerce market globally. Online shoppers require fast and efficient delivery of their orders leading to an increase in the demand for logistics services especially e-commerce fulfilment services. Hence, the Gross Merchandise Value (GMV), historial and projected growth, breakup of major commodity groups in e-commerce industry for the studied geography (country or region as per scope of the report) have been analysed and presented in this industry trend.
  • Trends in Manufacturing Industry - Manufacturing industry involves the transformation of raw materials into finished products, while logistics industry ensures the efficient flow of raw materials to the factory, and the transport of manufactured products to the distributors & consumers. Demand-Supply of both industries are highly cross-linked and critical for a seamless supply chain. Hence, the Gross Value Added (GVA), breakup of GVA into major manufacturing sectors, and growth of manufacturing industry over the review period have been analysed and presented, in this industry trend.
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade (Offline) - This end user industry segment captures the external (outsourced) logistics expenditure incurred by the wholesalers and retailers, through offline sales channel, on Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) services. The end user players considered are the establishments primarily engaged in wholesaling or retailing merchandise, generally without transformation, and rendering services incidental to the sale of merchandise. Logistics Service Providers (LSPs) plays a crucial role in the reliable movement of supplies to and finished products from production houses to the distributors and finally to the end customer covering activites like material sourcing, transportation, order fulfillment, warehousing & storage, demand forecasting, inventory management etc.
Keyword Definition
Axle Load The axle load refers to the total load (weight) bearing on the roadway through wheels connected to a given axle. Across the globe, there are systems in place to ensure axle load monitoring, wherein surpassing the defined limits set by the concerned regulatory authority can lead to penalty/fine. For transportation of goods via road this can be an important determinant of costs as knowledge about the axle load limits can be used to (i) load the vehicle optimally for maximizing profits (ii) avoid exceeding the same and hence the probable fines associated (iii) avoid wear and tear of the vehicle (iv) avoid damage to pavement resulting in noticeable public maintenance and repair costs (v) achieve better turnaround time.
Back Haul Backhaul is the return movement of a transport vehicle from its original destination to its original point of departure, and can include full, partial, or empty truck loads (all or part of the way) depending on the visibility of the local freight ecosystem. In this regard, transportation of empty containers to the point of origin, known as deadheading is also a significant factor, considering the supply/container shortages across the geographies, resulting in cost escalation and under optimized profit potential attainment. Generally, the carriers offer discounts on the backhaul, to secure freight for the trip.
Bill of Lading (BOL) A bill of lading is a legal contract document issued by a carrier to a shipper to acknowledge reception of their cargo, and is evidence for the contract of carriage between the two parties. Broadly it details the (i) type, quantity, and other specifications of the goods being carried (ii) destination, and terms & conditions of the shipment (iii) carrier and drivers with all the necessary information to process the shipment, which can be used for insurance and customs clearance purposes (iv) assurance that the consignment is damage-free and ready to be shipped to the consignee. In this regard, a house bill of lading (HBL) is a document issued by a freight forwarder or a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) to acknowledge receipt of items for shipment (to a shipper). If shipments from several shippers are involved a master bill of lading (MBL) might be involved which is a consolidated version of the same for all the shipments being taken care of by the carrier (to a common destination) and might be issued by the carrier to the freight forwarder or the shipper (depending on who books the transport).
Bunkering Bunkering is the process of supplying fuel to power the propulsion system of a ship. It includes the logistics of loading and distributing the fuel among available shipboard tanks. In this regard, (i) Bunker fuel is technically any type of fuel oil used aboard ships. It gets its name from the containers on ships and in ports that it is stored in; in the days of steam they were coal bunkers but now they are bunker-fuel tanks, (ii) Bunker refers to the spaces (Tank) on board a vessel to store fuel, (iii) Bunker trader refers to a person dealing in trade of bunker (fuel), (iv) Bunker call is made when a cargo ship anchors or berths in a port to take on bunker oil or supplies, (v) Bunkering service is the supply of a requested quality and quantity of bunkers to a ship. Bunkering is signficant from point of view of freight rates applicable to the shipper as Bunker Contribution (BUC)/ Fuel Adjustment Factor (FAF)/ Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF) are applied by shipping lines to offset the effect of fluctuations in the cost of bunkers.
Cabotage Transport by a vehicle registered in a country, performed on the national territory of another country. Cabotage law may restrict domestic cargo traffic to be carried in its own nationally registered, and sometimes built and crewed vehicles, though regulations vary across industries/commodity groups/countries and sometimes specify maximum allowable percentage of cabotage that can be serviced by foreign registered fleet.
C-commerce Collaborative commerce (also known as C-commerce), (i) describes electronically enabled business interactions among an enterprise’s internal personnel, business partners and customers throughout a trading community (industry, industry segment, supply chain or supply chain segment); (ii) is the optimization of supply and distribution channels to capitalize on the global economy by using new technology efficiently. Advantages of C-commerce, to detail few include (i) maximization of organization's efficiency and profitability (ii) technology integration with physical channels to allow companies to work together (iii) increased information exchange such as inventory and product specifications, using the web as an intermediary (iv) increased competitiveness by reaching a broader audience. Examples of C-commerce, also known as peer-to-peer commerce, include (i) companies that allow consumers to rent things from each other, or marketplaces, such as Meta (formerly Facebook) Marketplace, that allow the sale of used goods; (ii) DoorDash teamed up with many national brands, such as McDonald’s and Chipotle, to offer fast food delivery, building their business model on c-commerce. They have since expanded their delivery service from restaurants to retailers and even offer 'fleets' of drivers to businesses.
Courier A business/company that delivers packages/parcels/shipments (upto 70 kgs) including quick door to door pickup and delivery service for goods or documents, domestically or internationally, on a commercial contract basis. Example, DHL Group, FedEx, United Parcel Service of America, Inc., USPS, International Distributions Services, J&T Express, SF Express among several others
Cross docking Cross docking is a practice in logistics management that includes unloading incoming delivery vehicles and loading the materials directly into outbound delivery vehicles, omitting traditional warehouse logistical practices and saving time and money. It requires close synchronization of both inbound and outbound movements. It is highly significant in reduction of costs pertaining to warehousing & storage (and the associated Value Added Services).
Cross Trade International transport between two different countries performed by a vehicle registered in a third country. A third country is a country other than the country of loading/embarkation and the country of unloading/disembarkation. Cross Trade law may restrict international cargo traffic to be carried by respective country's registered vehicles, and sometimes built and crewed vehicles, though regulations vary across industries/commodity groups/countries and sometimes specify maximum allowable percentage of cross trade that can be serviced by foreign registered fleet.
Customs Clearance The process of declaring and clearing cargoes through customs. It includes the procedures involved in getting cargo released by Customs through designated formalities such as presenting import license/permit, payment of import duties and other required documentations by the nature of the cargo. In this regard, a customs broker is a person or company licensed by the respective department of the country to act on behalf of freight importers and exporters.
Dangerous Goods Dangerous goods (or hazardous materials or HAZMAT) include flammable liquids/solids, gases (compressed, liquified, dissolved under pressure), corrosives, oxidising substances, explosive substances and articles, substances which on contact with water emit flammable gasses, organic peroxides, toxic substances, infectious substances, radioactive materials, miscellaneous dangerous goods and articles.
First mile Delivery First mile delivery refers to the (i) first stage of the freight/shipment/cargo/courier transportation (ii) the transportation of goods from a merchant’s premises or warehouse to the next fulfillment centre/warehouse/hub from where the goods are forwarded (iii) shipping goods from local distribution centers to stores (For retailers) (iv) transportation of finished goods from a plant or a factory to a distribution center (For manufacturers), (v) pick up of goods from the end-customer’s home or store followed by movement to a warehouse or storage location (movers and packers), (vi) process where goods are picked up from a retailer and then transferred to third-party logistics providers or courier service providers to be delivered to the end-consumer (e-commerce). Once the package reaches the next warehouse or the courier’s hub, it is then sorted and transported further until it reaches the customer’s doorstep. Example, if one chooses UPS as a courier, first-mile delivery will be the product being delivered from manufacturer's/retailer's warehouse to the UPS’s warehouse/ fulfilment centre.
Last Mile Delivery Last mile delivery refers to the very last step of the delivery process when a parcel is moved from a transportation hub (warehouse or a distribution center or fulfillment centre) to its final destination, which usually is a personal residence/retail store/ business, or parcel locker. It accounts for around half of the total cost involved in entire process of first mile, middle mile, and last mile delivery, though it can vary shipment to shipment, based on commodity, business model and similar factors.
Milkrun A Milk Run is a delivery method used to transport mixed loads from various suppliers to one customer, using lean management principles applied to logistics. Instead of each supplier sending a truck every week to meet the needs of one customer, one truck (or vehicle) visits the suppliers to pick up the loads for that customer. This method of transport got its name from the dairy industry practice, where one tanker used to collect milk from several dairy farms for delivery to a milk processing company. A milk run can be a more efficient way to handle logistics but require proper planning. If the route involves products from different companies, there is need for an agreement about cost-sharing and other aspects of the cooperative delivery arrangement. Once the group settles these issues, this delivery method can save time and money for everyone by pooling operation costs and resources.
Multi country consolidation ​​Multi-Country Consolidation (MCC) is a cost-effective solution that consolidates one's cargo from different countries of origin to build Full Container Loads (FCL). MCC is most suitable for companies that import light volumes of goods from multiple countries but want to take advantage o​​f the more economic FCL freight rates. Apart from costing some of the other advantages include (i) flexibility to choose suppliers from a wider range of origin countries without worrying about the logistics to final destination from each origin, (ii) ability to pick the most suitable suppliers from many different countries for one's business operations. The increase in one's sourcing options by MCC provides the kind of flexibility needed in competitive global markets.
Q-commerce Q-commerce, also referred to as quick commerce, is a type of e-commerce where emphasis is on quick deliveries, typically in less than an hour. The companies providing Q-Commerce services might have vertically intergrated model or might be using third party delivery platforms (outsourced logistics). It has advantages like (i) competitve USP, (ii) potential to earn greater profit margins, (iii) better customer experience, (iv) guaranteed availability of products, (v) traceability, and (vi) scaleability.
ReverseLogistics Reverse logistics is a type of supply chain management that moves goods from customers back to the sellers or manufacturers and may involve ciruclar economy principles (3Rs) viz. recycling, reuse (repurposing, reselling), reducing or repairing. In this regard, reverse commerce (or Recommerce) is the selling of previously owned items through physical or online marketplaces/distribution channels to buyers who reuse, recycle or resell them.
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US Courier, Express, and Parcel Market Research FAQs

The United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market size is expected to reach USD 183.98 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 4.48% to reach USD 239.38 billion by 2030.

In 2024, the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market size is expected to reach USD 183.98 billion.

DHL Group, FedEx, OnTrac, United Parcel Service of America, Inc. (UPS) and USPS are the major companies operating in the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market.

In the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market, the Domestic segment accounts for the largest share by destination.

In 2024, the International segment accounts for the fastest growing by destination in the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market.

In 2023, the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market size was estimated at 183.98 billion. The report covers the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market historical market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028, 2029 and 2030. The report also forecasts the United States Courier, Express, and Parcel (CEP) Market size for years: 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023.

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