TIA Releases 1st Quarter Performance Measures for 3PL Industry


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MAY 18, 2020 – ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the largest association representing third-party logistics (3PLs) companies, has released its First Quarter 2020 TIA 3PL Market Report and this quarter report paints a picture of a market sliding towards recession, a conventional recession, we thought – probably a mild recession, reports TIA Chief Economist, Noël Perry. One disappointment is the drop in margin percent, something that has not happened on the approach to recession before.

The report represents more than 1.3 million shipments and over $2.6 billion in total revenue for Q1 2020:

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Invoice Amount/Shipment




Gross Margin %



-170 Basis Points

TIA’s 3PL Market Report contains rolling eight-quarter trends and fuel price comparisons, allowing 3PLs and industry observers to view how the industry is performing as well as to compare their business to companies of a similar size. Additionally, the report includes detailed 3PL activities by transportation mode and measures comparative volume, revenue, margin, and margin percentages, quarterly, and year over year.

The publication is based on monthly data submissions and surveys of TIA Members who provide current operating data and answer questions on business conditions affecting the 3PL industry. TIA’s efforts provide a comprehensive report on the trends and practices of the 3PL industry.

For additional questions, contact Cindy Amos (amos@tianet.org 703.299.5710).


Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA) is the professional organization of the $214 billion third-party logistics industry. TIA is the only organization exclusively representing transportation intermediaries of all disciplines doing business in domestic and international commerce. TIA is the voice of transportation intermediaries to shippers, carriers, government officials and international organizations.

TIA is the premier organization for third-party logistics professionals in North America and abroad. Membership at TIA adds value to your business and provides resources for growth.
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