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Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents in the UK: Market Research Report

Market Research • Market Size • Industry Statistics • Industry Analysis • Industry Trends

Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Market Research Report | SIC H52.290 | Nov 2016

Delivering change: Revenue is expected to be boosted by the depreciation of the pound

IBISWorld’s Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Freight Forwarding and Customs Agents industry provides a range of services that facilitate the transport of goods and equipment, both nationally and internationally. These services include freight forwarding, customs and freight brokerage, stock consolidation and goods-handling operations. Freight forwarders buy transport slots in bulk from road, rail, air and ship freight operators. They then repackage this space into smaller allotments and consolidate loads on behalf of paying clients keen to transport goods. Customs agents act on behalf of their clients to satisfy import and export legislative requirements. Freight volumes, transport costs and the degree of industry competition affect the industry's performance... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Locations Chapter

Freight forwarders and customs agents tend to be concentrated close to downstream markets, therefore the distribution of establishments more closely reflects the distribution of business activity rather than transport networks and other freight industries. The distribution is slightly skewed towards London, as a hub of commercial activity.


London is the heart of the United Kingdom's business and financial sectors and although many companies operate nationally or even internationally, they are headquartered close to large customers that are also in London. Approximately 23.4% of industry establishments can be found in the city.

The South East and the East of England

The South East contains an estimated 16.5% of industry establishments. The.. purchase to read more


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What is the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry?

This industry provides support services to freight transport industries. These include freight forwarding, customs and freight brokerage, stock consolidation and goods-handling operations. The industry does not provide passenger transport, tourism activities, courier services or transport insurance.

Industry Products
Freight forwarding Intermodal freight forwardingCustoms brokerageStock consolidationGoods handling
Industry Activities
Providing freight forwarding servicesOffering customs brokerageCarrying out stock consolidationOffering goods-handling services

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