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Supply Chain Focus: The Growing Landscape of Contract Logistics in Asia Pacific

Tim Foster • 02/10/2023

The Asia Pacific region is asserting itself in the dynamic realm of contract logistics. With its expansive market size and rapid growth, it's evident that this region is shaping the trajectory of future contract logistics services.

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(Source: Global Contract Logistics Market Size & Forecasting 2023, Transport Intelligence 2023) 

Asia Pacific has claimed its status as the largest and fastest growing region for Contract Logistics Services, with an impressive 36% to the global revenue in this sector in 2022, with projections growing to a further to 40% by 20271. The region's resilience in the face of economic uncertainty cements its standing as a haven for investors and businesses seeking more stability.

Several factors contribute to the current landscape. Firstly, the robust economic growth is rooted in domestic consumption. With consumer buying behaviour shifting towards eCommerce, the demand for streamlined logistics solutions has reached new heights. This shift has also triggered the surge in outsourcing, as businesses seek specialized partners to optimize their operations. Rapid infrastructure development is amplifying the region's capacity to cater to contract logistics needs. 

Supply Chain Focus

(Source: Global Contract Logistics Market Size & Forecasting 2023, Transport Intelligence 2023) 

Large/High Growth:

  • Greater China
  • India
  • Indonesia


  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong

Emerging Markets:

  • Philippines
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

Key trends are shaping the future of contract logistics services. Despite Industry consolidation continues, at a measured pace, the sector is highly competitive. Outsourcing is primed to pick up pace as building resilient supply chains becomes paramount – a task where contract logistics providers' specialized expertise proves valuable. 

Digital supply chain technology adoption is also a huge reason for the uptake of outsourcing, along with the increase in automation as flexible mobile systems tailored for multi-user applications gains more traction. This wave of innovation aligns with the growth of industry-specific solutions spanning healthcare, automotive, semiconductors, eCommerce, and the cold chain.

However, the potential cost reductions of up to 30% is not without risk. Failure is common as both client and 3PL expectations are not well communicated, complex pricing structures are not understood leading to cost blow-outs, systems integrations are inadequate, and performance is not consistently monitored.

Contract logistics engagement and pricing models will proliferate to attract and provide users flexibility particularly for global multi market clients. 

As the industry evolves, the demand for sustainable logistics real estate will continue to rise, driven by major global and regional players, underlining the growing emphasis on environmental sustainability.

In conclusion, the continued regional growth in the contract logistics sector is undeniable. Through strategic growth, adoption of technological innovation, and unwavering resilience, the region is steering the industry towards a promising and transformative future.


1 Source: Global Contract Logistics Market Size & Forecasting 2023, Transport Intelligence 2023

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