HAZARDOUS GOODS LOGISTICS MARKET - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Hazardous Goods Logistics Market is segmented by Service (Transportation, Warehousing, and Distribution, and Value-added Services), Destination (Domestic and International), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2016 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 0 %

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Market Overview

  • The hazardous goods logistics market is estimated to witness steady growth over the forecast period.
  • Hazardous materials make up a significant portion of the global freight, because they include many widely used commodities and products. Gasoline and other petroleum products are estimated to account for a significant share. Transport of hazardous materials requires special precautions, handling, and packaging. There are specialized safety regulations, standards, and reporting systems in place for pipelines, rail, highway, air, and marine vehicles that transport hazardous materials. These special requirements recognize the incidents involving in the transportation of hazardous materials, which can affect the environment, in addition to the potential risks of injuries and deaths. In case of the United States, in 2017, about 17,400 hazardous materials incidents (excluding pipeline incidents) were reported by the USDOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA), down from about 18,200 in 2016. About 1.6% of hazardous materials transportation incidents in 2017 resulted from an accident (e.g., vehicular crash or train derailment). About 90% of these accidents happened on highways or in truck terminals.
  • Concerning dangerous goods logistics, some policies and standards are set into place. International organizations, domestic institutions, as well as major aviation divisions, and shipping divisions have issued more stringent new policies for the management of dangerous goods logistics. The implementation of these new policies is expected to provide better security for the transportation of dangerous goods, but correspondingly, a more standardized and comprehensive inspection and more stringent logistics requirements have a direct impact on the trade of dangerous goods. Packaging plays a crucial role in the transportation of dangerous goods. In the case of air shipping of HAZMAT, aviation safety is dependent on correct packaging. The development of the dangerous goods logistics market is also mainly due to the rapid development of the petrochemical industry. The growth in the petrochemical industry is robust, owing to the increasing product application in the major end-user industries.

Scope of the Report

A complete background analysis of the global hazardous goods logistics market, which includes an assessment of the sector and contribution of 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 goods flow statistics.

Warehousing and Distribution
Value-added Services
North America
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Growth in the Oil and Gas Industry

The global oil demand rose by 1.3% in 2018, led by strong growth in the United States industry. The launching of large petrochemical projects drove the product demand, which partially offset a slowdown in the growth in gasoline demand. The United States and China showed the largest overall growth, while demand fell in Japan and Korea and was stagnant in Europe. The United States showed the largest overall growth at 540 kb/d, followed by China. The strong expansion of petrochemical demand in the United States boosted consumption, which also benefited from a rise in industrial production and very strong demand for trucking services. According to the International Energy Agency, the United States may drive global oil supply growth over the next five years, overtaking Russia and challenging Saudi Arabia as the world’s leading oil producer. The gas and oil industry relies on shipping companies and third-party logistics providers to move complicated freight shipments around the world, which also involve special logistics services for the transport of dangerous goods.


Spotlight on the European Market

Road freight transport is the prime mode of transport in Europe. Concerning road transport, the transport of dangerous goods in the European Union (EU-28) continued to increase year by year in the last five years (2013-2017), from 73 billion ton-kilometer in 2013 to more than 82 billion ton-kilometer in 2017. Between 2013 and 2017, most member states registered an increase in transport of dangerous goods. The highest increase was recorded in Slovakia (117.5 %), Sweden (86.4 %), and Slovenia and Greece registered a growth rate of more than 60%. For most of the European countries, the share of dangerous goods transport was around 4% of the total cargo. All major economies recorded figures in the range of 4 % to 6 %; only Poland, the second-largest transport industry in Europe, had a lower share (2.6 %). The countries with the lowest share of dangerous goods were Ireland, Slovakia, Lithuania, Latvia, and the Netherlands, with a share ranging between 1 % and 2 %. Cyprus had a substantially greater proportion by 23.4 %, followed by Belgium (11.1 %) and Finland (6.8 %). In almost half of the European countries, more than two-thirds of the transport of dangerous goods were performed within the national territory. In terms of commodity group, flammable liquids took over more than half of the total, followed by gases and corrosives.


Competitive Landscape

The hazardous goods logistics market is fairly fragmented in nature, with the presence of large global players and small- and medium-sized local players. Most of the global logistics players have a dangerous/hazardous goods logistics division to meet the market needs and demand. Additionally, local players are increasingly enhancing their capabilities, in terms of inventory handling, service offerings, products handled, and technology. With the increasingly strict control of dangerous goods logistics, a large number of freight forwarding companies with insufficient professional capabilities and insufficient comprehensive resources are gradually eliminated by the market and fewer freight forwarding companies that can provide professional dangerous goods logistics full chain services independently.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Current Market Scenario

    2. 4.2 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.2.1 Drivers

      2. 4.2.2 Restraints

    3. 4.3 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

    4. 4.4 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    5. 4.5 Brief on Dangerous Goods Classes

    6. 4.6 Review and Commentary on Goods Transport Regulations and Standards (Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (HMTA), International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA DGR), etc.)

    7. 4.7 Focus on Key Stakeholders in Supply Chain (Freight Forwarders, Ground Handling Agents, Carriers, Advisors and Consultants, etc.)

    8. 4.8 Key Information - Documentation, Special Permissions, and Safety Checklists

    9. 4.9 Spotlight - Equipment and Accessories Associated with Transport of Dangerous Goods (Air, Sea, and Road)

    10. 4.10 Potential Risk Involved in Shipment of Hazardous Materials

    11. 4.11 Insights on Packaging

    12. 4.12 Technology Snapshot (Digitalization and Process Optimization and Management Software, e-Dangerous Goods Declaration (eDGD), etc.)*

    13. 4.13 *List Not Exhaustive


    1. 5.1 Service

      1. 5.1.1 Transportation

      2. 5.1.2 Warehousing and Distribution

      3. 5.1.3 Value-added Services

    2. 5.2 Destination

      1. 5.2.1 Domestic

      2. 5.2.2 International

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Asia-Pacific

      2. 5.3.2 North America

      3. 5.3.3 Europe

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Overview (Market Concentration and Major Players)

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Ceva Logistics

      2. 6.2.2 Bollore Logistics

      3. 6.2.3 DHL

      4. 6.2.4 DSV

      5. 6.2.5 DB Schenker

      6. 6.2.6 Hellmann Worldwide Logistics

      7. 6.2.7 DGD Transport

      8. 6.2.8 Toll Group

      9. 6.2.9 YRC Worldwide Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 United Parcel Service

      11. 6.2.11 GEODIS

      12. 6.2.12 Rhenus Logistics

      13. 6.2.13 Agility Logistics

      14. 6.2.14 Kuehne + Nagel

      15. 6.2.15 XPO Logistics*

      16. 6.2.16 *List Not Exhaustive


  8. 8. APPENDIX

    1. 8.1 GDP Distribution, by Activity - Key Countries

    2. 8.2 Insights on Capital Flows - Key Countries

    3. 8.3 Economic Statistics Transport and Storage Sector, Contribution to Economy (Key Countries)

    4. 8.4 Global Dangerous Goods Flow Statistics*

    5. 8.5 *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Hazardous Goods Logistics Market market is studied from 2016 - 2026.

The Hazardous Goods Logistics Market is growing at a CAGR of 0% over the next 5 years.

The Hazardous Goods Logistics Market is valued at >6% in 2026.

Ceva Logistics, Bollore Logistics, DHL Group, DSV, DB Schenker are the major companies operating in Hazardous Goods Logistics Market.

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