What is Land Transport in the logistic sector? Our Definition

What is Land Transport in the logistic sector? Our definition

The land transport segment comprises the commercial transport of goods over land, i.e. by road, rail, inland waterways or pipelines (crude oil). Despite criticism due to possible environmental pollution, transport by truck is dominant in Germany. This article is based on the unique Top 300 Logistics Companies Germany – List of the largest logistics companies.

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More and more truck transport – fewer and fewer haulage companies

In 2019, trucks accounted for 71.2 percent of the transport performance in German freight transport, rail reached 19.0 percent, inland waterways accounted for 7.3 percent, and long-distance pipelines 2.5 percent. Transport performance has grown steadily and was approximately 698,000 million tonne-kilometres in 2019 – over a third more than at the turn of the millennium. The share of truck traffic has also grown over time. The share of rail has also increased over time, but only slowly.

Land transport by road is primarily carried out by freight forwarders. There were just under 15,000 freight forwarders in Germany in 2019. In addition to a few “big players”, the market is primarily characterised by many small and medium-sized companies. The number of German freight forwarders has been declining for years. In 2009, there were still 16,300 companies. This development is due to fierce competition, especially competition from Germany’s Central and Eastern European neighbours.

The largest logistics service providers in Germany, such as DHL, Deutsche Bahn, Kühne + Nagel and Dachser, offer land transport as part of their logistics service portfolio. DHL is part of the Deutsche Post Group and is essentially a CEP service provider with other business segments. At Deutsche Bahn, land transport takes place within the framework of DB Cargo (rail) and Schenker (truck, etc.). Kühne + Nagel is a Swiss logistics and freight transport company. Dachser was originally a pure truck forwarder, but now covers many transport and logistics services.
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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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