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. Our network’s global presence allows us to offer efficient routing and multimodal transport. Compared with other divisions, our operating business model is asset-light.

DHL Global Forwarding

Air freight market leadership solidified

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the worldwide freight tonne kilometres flown during the year under review grew by 3.5%. As global demand for transport capacity exceeded available supply, freight capacity remained at a low level – especially on routes out of Asia and Europe. With around 2.2 million transported export freight tonnes, we remained the air freight market leader in 2017, as shown in the previous table.

Consolidation continues in the ocean freight market

The ocean freight market continued to grow in 2018, with consolidation on the carrier side continuing. There was again overcapacity in the market for container ships and this trend is expected to continue in the coming years. With around 3.3 million transported twenty-foot equivalent units, we remained the second-largest provider of ocean freight services in 2017, as shown in the following table.

DHL Freight

European overland freight market with solid growth

The road freight market showed solid growth in 2018, driven by volume increases and an unchanged high price level despite moderate economic growth in most European countries. In a fragmented and competitive environment, DHL Freight remained the second-largest provider in 2017, with a market share of 2.2 %.