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Freight Forwarders and Brokers

SIC 4731 | NAICS 488510

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Freight Forwarding Brokerages and Agencies  (view report)

Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Key statistics
  • Market size and characteristics
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major companies
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Transportation Intermediaries Association
About The Industry  Select above section from "About" dropdown menu
"About the Industry" section provides a brief summary overview of the third party logistics (3PL) industry, and includes links to "What is a 3PL", "Frequently Asked Questions", and other sources which address various aspects of the industry and issues that affect it. All information can be viewed free online.

First Research

Freight Forwarding Services
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations, and include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Third-Party Logistics Study
Annual study examines the current state of the third-party logistics market, with each study including a close-up look at selected special topics such as emerging markets, electronics, fast-moving consumer goods, and life sciences. Selected excerpts can be viewed free online; current and prior studies can be downloaded with registration.

Entrepreneur Magazine Business Startup Guides
Freight Brokerage Business
Startup guide provides an overview of the freight brokerage industry and takes users through the various aspects of starting a business and running it successfully.

Financial Benchmarking Data

Industry Financial Ratios
Freight Forwarders and Brokers  Search for "488510"
Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.
  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

Transportation Intermediaries Association
TIA 3PL Market Report
Quarterly reports provide key performance measures on a trending basis for third party logistics companies, with performance measures covered including shipments, revenue, gross margin, and yield measurements. Survey results are organized by transportation mode and revenue size to allow users to make comparisons within specific categories.

Compensation Surveys

Transportation Intermediaries Association
Compensation Survey
Online compensation survey provides base salary, incentive, and total compensation data for management, sales, operations, IT, accounting, and HR personnel employed by third party logistics companies, with survey data filterable by job title and specialization, experience level, professional designations, and geographic location.

ERI Economic Research Institute
Freight Forwarding Salary Survey
Annual publication provides compensation data from ERI Assessor®, government, and survey participant databases for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel on a national and regional level. Complete listing of job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions are accessible online.

Business Valuation Resources

Small Business Valuation Multiples

Freight Forwarders and Brokers

Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries. Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.