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

The United States freight and logistics market is expected to witness a CAGR of ~3.2% during the forecast period of 2020-2025. The market is expected to be driven by the competition between the trucking and rail freight segments. Trucking and warehousing are observing the highest level of technology integration with the introduction of IoT, AGV, ASRS, and electric vehicles, along with autonomous vehicles being introduced in the market.

Market Snapshot

United States Freight and Logistics Market Overview
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
CAGR: >3.2 %
United States Freight and Logistics Market Major Players

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Market Overview

The United States freight and logistics market is expected to register a CAGR of >3.2% during the forecast period. The market experienced uncertainty due to the trade war with China. The pace of the US economy’s expansion picked up in the latter half of 2019. The economy expanded at a 2.1% annualized rate in the three months ending September 30, according to the second estimate of GDP from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The economic growth is expected to pull the logistics industry upward.

The ports in the United States in the first half of 2019 experienced growing container volumes, while rail cargo experienced a slowdown due to intense competition from trucking. It was a mixed year for the United States freight and logistics industry.

Scope of the Report

The United States freight and logistics report covers the insights on the market, like the market overview, market dynamics, technology innovation and its impact, the impact of ecommerce growth on the market, impact of regulations and investments on logistics sector, industry attractiveness - Porter's five forces analysis, freight rates and trends, and insights on intermodal freight transportation.

Additionally, the report provides quantitative and qualitative information on 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 and gas and quarrying, agriculture, fishing, and forestry, manufacturing and automotive, distributive trade, and other end users (pharmaceutical and healthcare).

Furthermore, the report provides company profiles to understand the competitive landscape of the market.

Freight Transport
Sea and Inland
Freight Forwarding
Courier, Express, and Parcel
Value-added Services
Cold Chain Logistics, Last Mile Logistics, Return Logistics, and Other Emerging Areas
Oil and Gas and Quarrying
Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry
Manufacturing and Automotive
Distributive Trade
Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)

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Key Market Trends

Trucking Industry Experienced Unstable Growth in 2019

The United States trucking industry faced economic uncertainty in the last half of 2019 but should find steadier driving by the start of the second quarter of 2020.

Seasonally-adjusted for-hire trucking fell in November to an index of 113.5, down by 7.2% from the yearly high set in July amid reports of lower demand during the fall freight season, according to the American Trucking Association (ATA). Despite economic headwinds, trucking is up by 3.3% year-to-date (January to December 2019) compared with the same period last year.

The US trade with Canada and Mexico reached yearly highs through the later stages of the third and early parts of the fourth quarter of 2019. Exports to Canada reached USD 25.3 billion in August, while imports were highest in September at USD 26.9 billion, according to US Census Bureau data. Trade exports to Mexico reached a high of USD 22.3 billion in October, while imports from south of the border registered the highest total in August at USD 31 billion. 

More stable trucking industry growth is expected in 2020 with the implementation of the US-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA). USMCA, which will replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), passed the US House of Representatives on 19 December, with ratification in the Senate is expected in January 2020.

United States Freight and Logistics Market Growth

Ecommerce Sales Driving Last Mile and Courier Express and Parcel Growth

E-commerce represented a growing share of the retail market in 2018, taking a 14.3% share of total retail sales last year, up from 12.9% in 2017 and 11.6% in 2016. More significant is that e-commerce sales represented more than half, or 51.9%, of all retail sales growth. This is the largest share of growth for purchases made online since 2008 when e-commerce accounted for 63.8% of all sales growth. US consumers are expected to have spent USD 586.92 billion on e-commerce in 2019, representing an increase of 14.0% vs. 2018 and 10.7% of total US retail spending.

The e-commerce penetration in the United States is increasing, which shows that the e-commerce market is still occupying a share of the total retail industry. The growth of e-commerce will drive the last mile, and the courier expresses parcel segments of the logistics sector.

United States Freight and Logistics Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The competitive landscape of the US freight and logistics market is observed to be fragmented with the presence of major international and domestic players in the country. The US freight and logistics market observes high competition from the players. The technological development in the market has made it easier for new players to enter the market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

      3. 4.2.3 Opportunities

    3. 4.3 Technology Innovation and its Impact

    4. 4.4 Impact of Ecommerce Growth on the Market

    5. 4.5 Impact of Regulations and Investments on Logistics Sector

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    7. 4.7 Freight Rates and Trends

    8. 4.8 Insights on Intermodal Freight Transportation


    1. 5.1 BY FUNCTION

      1. 5.1.1 Freight Transport

        1. Road

        2. Rail

        3. Sea and Inland

        4. Air

      2. 5.1.2 Freight Forwarding

      3. 5.1.3 Warehousing

      4. 5.1.4 Courier, Express, and Parcel

      5. 5.1.5 Value-added Services

      6. 5.1.6 Cold Chain Logistics, Last Mile Logistics, Return Logistics, and Other Emerging Areas

    2. 5.2 BY END USER

      1. 5.2.1 Construction

      2. 5.2.2 Oil and Gas and Quarrying

      3. 5.2.3 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry

      4. 5.2.4 Manufacturing and Automotive

      5. 5.2.5 Distributive Trade

      6. 5.2.6 Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)


    1. 6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 XPO Logistics Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 UPS Supply Chain Solutions

      3. 6.2.3 DHL Supply Chain

      4. 6.2.4 J.B. Hunt Transport Services

      5. 6.2.5 C.H. Robinson Worldwide

      6. 6.2.6 Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

      7. 6.2.7 Expeditors International of Washington

      8. 6.2.8 Penske Logistics

      9. 6.2.9 Lineage Logistics

      10. 6.2.10 NFI

      11. 6.2.11 FedEx Logistics

      12. 6.2.12 Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

      13. 6.2.13 Ingram Micro Commerce & Lifecycle Services

      14. 6.2.14 Geodis

      15. 6.2.15 Ceva Logistics

      16. 6.2.16 Schneider

      17. 6.2.17 Americold Logistics

  7. 7. APPENDIX

    1. 7.1 GDP Distribution, by Activity

    2. 7.2 Insights on Capital Flows

    3. 7.3 Economic Statistics - Transport and Storage Sector Contribution to Economy

    4. 7.4 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import, by Product


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Frequently Asked Questions

The USA Freight & Logistics Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The USA Freight & Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of >3.2% over the next 5 years.

XPO Logistics Inc., UPS Supply Chain Solutions, DHL Supply Chain, J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Penske Logistics are the major companies operating in USA Freight & Logistics Market.

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