The UK's private logistics sector has a positive outlook and is investing in the future, but is facing significant headwinds – from rising costs and the impact of congestion, to challenges with recruitment and the UK’s declining international trading connectivity.
The Logistics Report is Logistics UK’s annual review of the trends affecting the logistics industry in the UK. It provides an up-to-date assessment of the issues those moving goods are facing, across all modes of transport and parts of UK logistics. Logistics underpins the whole economy and is an enabler of trade and growth. The data in this report reinforces our calls for partnership with policy makers to unlock the full potential of the sector.
The report uses national statistics and the findings of our annual Logistics Industry Survey to describe the size and activity of the sector and issues with connectivity and efficiency, skills, decarbonisation and trade. It also considers challenges for the future in these areas.
Our Logistics Industry Survey is a central element of this report. Conducted annually, the survey had 569 respondents in 2023. Respondents represented buyers and operators of logistics services by road, rail, sea and air. Important themes covered in the report include, rising rates and costs; the impact on congestion and changes in international connectivity; a largely positive outlook for business performance alongside problems with recruitment and EU trade; and positive developments with private sector decarbonisation investment.
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