Frost & Sullivan study: Rapid pace of infrastructure investments to boost Indian logistics market

With the heightened infrastructure development being witnessed in across multiple key sectors of the economy, India is will be in need of project logistics services to ensure timely completion of planned projects, according to a study conducted by Frost & Sullivan.

Increased demand in manufacturing sector

Project Logistics Market

Demand for project logistics services will be particularly strong in the manufacturing sector as the Indian Government’s push to increase the manufacturing output in the country will spur infrastructural activities in this space, says the study. Thus, project logistics service providers must target the manufacturing sector, which will receive 35.6 percent of the total investment of $3.37 trillion expected over the fiscal year (FY) 2014 to FY 2019 period.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Strategic Analysis of Project Logistics Market in India, finds that the total market opportunity for project logistics services in the country is estimated to be $150.86 billion for the 2014-2019 period. The study covers transportation, warehousing, freight forwarding and value-added logistics services.

“Currently, only a few companies are equipped with the requisite skill set to offer complex project logistics services,” said Frost & Sullivan’s Transportation & Logistics Research Analyst. “Loading, lashing, surveying and route planning are some of the unique areas of expertise needed to offer these specialist services.” Not many companies are equipped with these skills or the funds to offer project logistics services. Project logistics services often involve the use of purpose-built, heavy machinery, which needs to be imported as they are not manufactured in India. Consequently, high capital investment is required to acquire this special machinery that is of limited use outside of project logistics services.

“With the shortage of project logistics service providers and the large number of projects in the execution and planning stage, the conditions are ideal for new companies to enter the market,” noted the Analyst. “The handling of heavy, over-dimensional cargo is a particularly lucrative business for existing and prospective logistics players in India. Global and domestic firms such as DB Schenker, Bertling Logistics, Allcargo Global Logistics and Transport Corporation of India have already been cashing in on this area of opportunity.”

The market is not without challenges. Poor overall road infrastructure, especially for connectivity to remote locations, has made cargo movement very risky, endangering the cargo, equipment used to move it, people working on the operation, and general public. Further, the lack of efficient documentation and approval procedures in several ministries and state departments has proven to be a hindrance to the smooth progress of large-scale project logistics activities.

Other market hindrances include customs clearance delays, tardy approvals from highway authorities and the lack of timely cooperation among stakeholders involved in the project logistics operations process. Despite these obstacles, the number of proposals for mass rapid transport system projects in India has been on the rise. This trend could create a space for niche project logistics service providers who have the best-suited equipment and mix of expertise to offer the required logistics services.

Strategic Analysis of Project Logistics Market in India is part of the Transportation & Logistics(transportation.frost.com) Growth Partnership Service program. Frost & Sullivan’s related studies include: North American Class 6-8 Truck Safety Systems Market, Growth Opportunities in Indian Air Cargo Market, and Temperature Controlled Logistics (TCL) Market in India. All studies included in subscriptions provide detailed market opportunities and industry trends evaluated following extensive interviews with market participants.

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