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

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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

The Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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 Threats & Opportunities
  • Following a volatile period industry revenue has grown steadily over the past five years
  • Reduced reliance on coal-generated electricity could create difficulties for operators that focus on rail transport
  • Barriers to EU trade could make UK goods more expensive in Europe, damaging industry demand
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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 Products Chapter

Freight forwarding

Freight forwarding is the arrangement of freight transport on behalf of a third party. This includes freight transportation by ship, plane, train and lorry. Generally, industry operators do not transport the goods themselves. Instead, they purchase bulk space on vehicles operated by transport companies and then sell smaller portions to customers. This practice helps customers to access cheaper rates and enables small loads from several customers to be consolidated into fully loaded lorries, trains and vessels.

Freight forwarding on a single mode of transport is the most common activity conducted by the industry. For much of the industry this means road freight forwarding, as the majority of goods in the United Kingdom are carried by road.

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Additional Insights for the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry are

  • Understanding government policies and their implications
  • Market research and understanding
  • Ability to quickly adopt new technology
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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

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Business confidence index
  • Industrial production index
  • Retail sales index
  • Value of goods exports
  • Value of goods imports
  • Current Performance
  • Demand determinants
  • Turbulent times
  • New entrants
  • Regulation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Leaving the European Union
  • The world price of oil
  • Technology and IT systems
  • Table: Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Manufacturing
  • Wholesale and Retail Trade
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Freight Rail Transport
  • Freight Road Transport
  • Sea & Coastal Freight Water Transport
  • Warehousing & Storage
  • Products & Services
  • Freight forwarding
  • Intermodal freight forwarding
  • Customs brokerage
  • Stock consolidation
  • Other
  • Goods handling
  • Chart: Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Service industries
  • Wholesalers
  • Agricultural producers
  • Mining and energy companies
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation and other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents
  • Basis of Competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Freight Forwarding & Customs Agents Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Customs Brokerage
  • The delivery of services to provide clearance from customs for goods being imported.
  • Freight Forwarding
  • The arranging and booking of freight to be transported.
  • Intermodal Transport
  • The transportation of containerised goods that can be easily moved between different modes such as road, sea and rail.

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