A study of the freight forwarding industry in Hong Kong

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This paper reports the results of a study of the freight forwarding industry in Hong Kong. A survey questionnaire was administered to over 1,100 companies in the industry, examining their demographic profiles, capability in providing different types of logistics services, service performance and the perceived prospects of the industry. Based on 221 valid survey responses, the study results show that the industry consists mainly of small and medium-sized companies (i.e. number of employees ≤50). Furthermore, freight forwarding services contribute more than 60% of revenue in over 70% of the respondent companies. While many freight forwarders in Hong Kong are highly capable of providing freight forwarding and many traditional logistics services, they seem to lack the ability to provide other value-added services. Nevertheless, their self-assessments indicate that they perform well in different logistics services and that they are inclined to transform themselves into third-party logistics providers. A discussion of the findings and implications of the results are provided.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-84
Number of pages14
JournalInternational journal of logistics : research and applications
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering

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