U.S. 3PL Market Size Estimates

Since 1994 Armstrong & Associates has been estimating the size of the Third-Party Logistics (3PL)/Contract Logistics Market and its segments. Information for the latest year is provided below.

U.S. 3PL/Contract Logistics Market

 3PL Segment


Gross Revenue/Turnover

(US$ Billions)

 Dedicated Contract Carriage
 Domestic Transportation Management
 International Transportation Management
 Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution
 Contract Software/Systems
Definitions/descriptions of the four main 3PL segments are provided below.

Dedicated Contract Carriage (DCC): 3PLs providing dedicated contract carriage services supplying tractors, drivers and management. Trailers are normally included; contract terms are 1-7 years.

Domestic Transportation Management (DTM): 3PLs providing non-asset based value-added transportation management services dealing mainly with shipments originating in and destined to North American points. Services are usually performed in conjunction with freight brokerage and are often contractual.

International Transportation Management (ITM): 3PLs providing non-asset based value-added international transportation management services. Services are usually performed in conjunction with freight forwarding and are often contractual.

Value-Added Warehousing and Distribution (VAWD): 3PLs normally providing long-term contract warehousing or distribution center operations with a host of value-adds.

(updated October 6, 2022)

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