The international express sector has been even more badly affected by the economic downturn, with revenues expected to fall by 14.5 per cent, hit by the meltdown in world trade at the beginning of the year, and only just recovering.
However the reportÃ¢â‚¬™s author, Joel Ray, expects the magnitude of the fall in 2009 to be a one off and for the market to return to growth.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“When manufacturers and retailers were forced to run down inventory levels at the beginning of the year, the express industry was badly affected. The latest quarter shows that revenues are starting to recover, and we expect positive growth over the coming years, albeit at low levels.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The report notes it will take some time to recover Ã¢â‚¬” with neither the domestic nor international express parcels market in Europe or North America recovering to 2008 levels until after 2012.
One exception will be the Asia Pacific international express market, fuelled by growth from China. The Middle East has been the least affected of all the regions, and will also show strong growth in the future, helped by a recovering oil price and a general global upturn, according to the report.
Opportunities for higher levels of growth still exist, but express companies must look further afield, according to Ray. Ã¢â‚¬Å“To achieve the sort of growth rates which many express companies have been used to over the past decade, they will have to invest heavily in emerging markets.Ã¢â‚¬Â This includes markets such as Russia, Turkey and Brazil, as well as more established markets in China and India.