The air, ocean and overland freight forwarder

Our air, ocean and overland freight forwarding services include standardised transport as well as multimodal and sector-specific solutions, together with individualised industrial projects. Our business model is based upon brokering transport services between customers and freight carriers. The global presence of our network allows us to offer efficient routing and multimodal transport. Compared with the other divisions, our operating business model is asset-light.

DHL Global Forwarding

Leading the air freight market

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), total freight tonne kilometres flown decreased by 4 % worldwide in the year under review. The biggest declines were seen in the USA and China, the world’s largest air freight markets. We remained the market leader in 2018 with around 2.2 million tonnes of export air freight transported, as shown in the following graphic.

Ocean freight market continues to consolidate

The ocean freight market continued to see slight growth in 2019 with consolidation continuing on the carrier side. Overcapacity persisted in the container ship market – a trend that is expected to be sustained in the coming years. With around 3.2 million twenty-foot equivalent units transported, we remained the second-largest provider of ocean freight services in 2018, as shown in the following table.

DHL Freight

European road transport market posts moderate growth

In the European road transport market, growth slowed down in the second half of 2019, driven mainly by a declining growth in volume. In a fragmented and competitive environment, DHL Freight remained the second-largest provider in 2018 with a market share of 2.2 %.