In terms of official statistics, the transportation and storage services sector
appears to correspond best with the logistics industry.
It covers all activities that
are commonly understood to be the responsibility of the logistics sector,
including the transport of goods with various modes of transport, the storage and
warehousing of goods, services such as haulage and freight forwarding, and the
operation of cargo terminals, ports and other infrastructure facilities. According to
our estimates, turnover in the industry covered by this definition of the transport
and storage sector stood at approximately EUR 293 billion in Germany in 2015,
making logistics one of the country’s largest sectors. However, it is important to
bear in mind that roughly 20% of the turnover in the transportation and storage
sector was primarily attributable to services provided to individuals, such as
public transport and passenger aviation.
The entire industry employed some
2.16 million people, or about 5% of the labour force, in 2015.