United States - Transport and Logistics: Increasing trade volumes to drive growth (Strategy, Performance and Risk Analysis)


The US boasts a highly developed transportation network; the country has one of the largest road and rail networks in the world. It is also home to 19,299 airports, of which Dallas, Atlanta, New York, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington are major international hubs. The country’s national highway system (NHS) - which comprises all interstates, the national pipeline network and roads serving major ports and airports - is the largest in the world.

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Key Highlights

Higher demand leading to the development of road and pipeline infrastructure
In the US, rail length posted a CAGR of -0.6% during 2012-2017, from 257,697.0km to 249,912.7km, and is anticipated to record a CAGR of -0.7% over the forecast period, falling from 248,384.8 km in 2018 to 241,492.3 km in 2022. The decline is due to the closure of routes by Amtrak.

Increase in passengers and freight traffic to help drive GVA growth
Globally, transport and logistics GVA recorded a CAGR of 2.6%, from US$3.2tn in 2012 to US$3.7tn in 2017, and is anticipated to post a CAGR of 5.7%, from US$3.9tn in 2018 to US$4.8tn in 2022. The increase is primarily due to the expansion of freight traffic and volume in the US, China and India.

Emergence of new carriers and fleet modernization initiatives to boost active fleet growth
Globally, the size of the active air fleet recorded a CAGR of 13.6%, rising from 12,869 aircraft in 2012 to 24,292 in 2017. It is forecast to post a CAGR of 8.0%, from 26,564 units in 2017 to 36,105 in 2022. The major reason for the increase is the emergence of new full-service and low-cost carriers in China, India, the UK and Canada.


  • Risk & Reward Index: The Risk & Reward index compares the position of the US transport and logistics industry with other countries in the region in terms of specific risk and reward parameters.
  • Industry Snapshot and Industry View: Key transport and logistics industry statistics include freight traffic, freight volume, fleet size, passengers, import and export gross value added, FDI and trends driving market performance.
  • Industry SWOT Analysis: Discover the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats impacting market performance and investment in the US transport and logistics market.
  • Industry Benchmarking: Benchmark how the US transport and logistics market is performing compared to regional and global markets in terms of GVA, fleet size and freigth traffic by mode.
  • Competitive Landscape: Overview of industry players compared with their peers across a set of indicators.

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  • How is the market performing in terms of indicators such as freight traffic, freight volume, fleet size, passengers, import and export, gross value added and FDI?
  • How risky is it to invest in the US transport and logistics industry compared to other countries in North America?
  • What is driving the performance of key industry segments such as land, air, water and rail?
  • Who are the leading players in the US transport and logistics industry and what is their presence in the respective segments?
  • What trends are being witnessed within the US transport and logistics industry?
  • What are the US transport and logistics industry’s strengths and weaknesses and what opportunities and threats does it face?
  • What are the recent developments and innovations in the US transport and logistics industry?