What is CEP? Our definition

What is CEP? Our definition

The common abbreviation “CEP” stands for “courier, express and parcel services” – a particularly important and dynamically developing segment in the logistics market. The e-commerce boom in recent years has contributed significantly to this. The market in Germany is dominated by a few large players who use a large number of smaller subcontractors. This article is based on the unique Top 300 Logistics Companies Germany – List of the largest logistics companies.

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DHL & Co. dominate the market

According to the industry association BIEK (Bundesverband Paket- und Expresslogistik), 3.65 billion courier, express and parcel shipments were transported in Germany in 2019. The industry’s revenue increased by 4.4 percent this year to over €21.3 billion. B2C business grew particularly strongly, largely due to the success of e-commerce. Here, shipments increased by 8.6 percent in 2019. The business received an additional boost in the wake of the Corona-related lockdowns. Growth rates in 2020 and 2021 are also expected to be correspondingly high. In 2019, CEP services employed just under 245,000 people.

The market leader in parcel services is DHL as part of Deutsche Post Group. In terms of parcel volume, DHL’s market share was 48 percent in 2019. Number 2 was Hermes Europe, a subsidiary of the Otto Group with 18 percent share. It was followed by UPS (12 percent), DPD (10 percent), GLS (7 percent) and FedEx/TNT (6 percent). UPS is a US courier, express and parcel service provider operating worldwide. DPD belongs to the French group La Poste. The continental European activities of the British Royal Mail are bundled under the GLS brand. TNT is a Dutch subsidiary of the US courier and logistics company FedEx. In contrast to the parcel market, courier services also include many small companies with a regional or local focus.
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Logistic Industry ReportIn our sector report on the German logistics industry, you will find detailed information on areas of activity, an overview of the locations and clusters of the logistics industry, key financial figures as well as insights into the gender distribution and sustainability efforts of the industry.


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