GCC Automotive Logistics Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The GCC Automotive Logistics Market is segmented by Service (Transportation, Warehousing, Distribution, and Inventory Management, and Other Services), Type (Finished Vehicle, Auto Components, and Other Types), and By Country (United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman).

Market Snapshot

GCC automotive logistics market
Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 4.5 %

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Market Overview

The GCC Automotive Logistics Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of approximately 4.5% during the forecast period.

The Middle East is one of the most important markets for automotive manufacturers across the globe. Right from entry-level carmakers that focus on mass-market products to companies with a premium product lineup, every brand wants to gain and increase its market share in this region. Saudi Arabia remains a very important market for U.S. automakers

Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are expanding import and premium vehicle markets and seeing rising aftermarket and second-hand vehicle volumes. Logistics will thus be key to further unlocking the automotive industry’s potential in the region. Manufacturers and distributors depend on seamless flows to satisfy customer expectations and just-in-time supply chains, as well as to access the technology driving change across the global automotive industry, including electrification, autonomous, and connectivity.

The automotive and transport mobility sector across the GCC is set for big changes post-Covid-19, with new business models likely to emerge in the region, the movement restrictions and other health safety precautions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have intensified online and e-commerce purchases in the automotive and transport mobility sector across the GCC.

Scope of the Report

A complete background analysis of the global automotive logistics market, which includes an assessment and contribution of the sector in the economy, market overview, market size estimation for key segments, key countries and emerging trends in the market segments, market dynamics, and key component flow statistics are covered in the report. The report also covers the impact of COVID - 19 on the market.

By Service
Warehousing, Distribution and Inventory Management
Other Services
By Type
Finished Vehicle
Auto Components
Other types
By Country
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

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Key Market Trends

Spotlight on Saudi Arabia Market

Saudi Arabia already accounts for about 40% of total vehicles sold in the Middle East. With the benchmark international oil price rebounding to an average USD 66 in 2019, overall automotive sector investments into the kingdom are expected to rise, leading to an increase in demand for trucks as well as buses used for the transport of labor. The Middle East as a whole, Saudi Arabia is primarily an import-driven automotive market, with sales of all vehicles amounting to approximately 422,000 units in 2018, including 340,000 cars and 82,000 commercial vehicles. Local vehicle production in Saudi Arabia is largely limited to heavy-duty commercial vehicles (from completely or semi-knocked down kits).

GCC automotive logistics market trend1

Increasing Penetration of Electric Vehicles in Gulf Countries

Electric and hybrid modes of transport are gaining momentum in the Gulf region and particularly in Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and UAE. The UAE government has already started making efforts to reduce the contribution of road transport to its footprint; so that it makes the country an ideal location to push the adoption rate of green mobility solutions (objectives to reach 10% of EV by 2030 in Dubai).

The Middle East is known for its oil and gas but an era of electric cars whizzing, along the region’s superhighways. Low fuel prices and the passion for speed, luxurious automobiles in the region have meant that drivers have been relatively slow to shift to electric vehicles especially compared to their counterparts in markets, like China. However, the adoption of electric cars is set to enter the fast lane in the Gulf, especially in tech-savvy urban hubs like Dubai.

As the EVs are in the nascent stage in the country, the country has not yet set out incentives for the deployment of EVs, such as free charging stations, Greenbank loans, etc. EV incentives are yet to be developed, especially when EV deployment starts on a commercial scale. However, the country has taken a few initiatives which are likely to boost the EV demand in the country. For instance,

Saudi Electricity Company has signed a deal with Nissan Motor, Takaoka Tokyo and Tokyo Electric Power Company for the first EV pilot project in Saudi Arabia. Reportedly, the agreement provides for the development of fast-charger EV stations

Saudi Arabia has signed a memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) with the UK in a move to reduce carbon emissions and support Saudi Vision 2030. The MoU commits both countries to cooperate and share expertise to develop technologies including smart grids and EVs.

UAE is another most developed market for EVs, not only regarding sales but also regarding charging infrastructure, with Dubai having some 200 charging stations and Abu Dhabi around 20. The UAE government targeting to have 42,000 electric cars on the roads in a few years.

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Competitive Landscape

The GCC Automotive Logistics Market is Fragmented, the market is expected to grow during the forecast period due to the growing demand for electric vehicles and many other factors are driving the market. International players are dominated in the market.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Porters 5 Force Analysis

      1. 4.5.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.5.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.5.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.5.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.5.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    6. 4.6 Spotlight - Effect of E-commerce on Traditional Automotive Logistics Supply Chain

    7. 4.7 Insights on Automotive Aftermarket and its Logistics Activities

    8. 4.8 Imapct of COVID-19 on the market


    1. 5.1 By Service

      1. 5.1.1 Transportation

      2. 5.1.2 Warehousing, Distribution and Inventory Management

      3. 5.1.3 Other Services

    2. 5.2 By Type

      1. 5.2.1 Finished Vehicle

      2. 5.2.2 Auto Components

      3. 5.2.3 Other types

    3. 5.3 By Country

      1. 5.3.1 Saudi Arabia

      2. 5.3.2 United Arab Emirates

      3. 5.3.3 Qatar

      4. 5.3.4 Kuwait

      5. 5.3.5 Oman


    1. 6.1 Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 CEVA Logistics AG

      2. 6.2.2 DB Schenker

      3. 6.2.3 DHL

      4. 6.2.4 DSV

      5. 6.2.5 GEODIS

      6. 6.2.6 KUEHNE + NAGEL International AG

      7. 6.2.7 Nippon Express Co., Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 Ryder System, Inc

      9. 6.2.9 XPO Logistics, Inc

      10. 6.2.10 United Parcel Service, Inc

      11. 6.2.11 Al-Futtaim

      12. 6.2.12 Yusen Logistics*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. APPENDIX

    1. 8.1 GDP Distribution, by Activity

    2. 8.2 Insights on Capital Flows

    3. 8.3 Economic Statistics-Transport and Storage Sector, Contribution to Economy

**Subject to Availability

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Frequently Asked Questions

The GCC Automotive logistics Market │ Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025) market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The GCC Automotive logistics Market │ Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025) is growing at a CAGR of 4.5% over the next 5 years.

Ceva Logistics, DB Schenker, DHL, DSV, Geodis are the major companies operating in GCC Automotive logistics Market │ Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 - 2025).

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