Transportation & Warehousing

The Transportation and Warehousing sector comprises firms that primarily provide: transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage of goods, scenic and sightseeing transit services and transportation support activities.


Transportation & Warehousing

Output ($b)1 IVA ($b)2 Market Size3 Employment (m)* Wages & Benefits ($m)* EBITDA ($m)4
$340.7 $133.1 11/18 1,226 $43.8 $92.7

Sector Overview

The Transportation and Warehousing sector comprises establishments that primarily provide transportation of passengers and cargo, warehousing and storage of goods, scenic and sightseeing transit services and other miscellaneous transportation support activities. Establishments in this sector utilize transportation equipment or transportation related facilities as productive assets. The type of equipment depends on the mode of transportation (i.e., air, rail, water, road and pipeline).

The Warehousing and Storage subsector comprises firms that primarily operate warehousing and storage facilities for general merchandise, refrigerated goods and other miscellaneous items. These establishments do not sell the goods they handle. Instead, these operators take responsibility for storing and securing the goods. Warehousing firms may also provide a range of services related to the distribution of goods. These services are often referred to as logistics and include labeling, inventory control, product management, light assembly, order entry, packaging, price marking and transportation arrangement. However, the warehousing or storage of goods must be more than incidental to the performance of services such as price marking to be included in this subsector.

Many of the establishments in this sector often operate on networks with physical facilities, labor forces and equipment spread over an extensive geographic area.

LARG Industry Reports

Los Angeles Research Group provides 27 industry reports detailing the Transportation and Warehousing sector. Each report contains detailed information on output, employment, enterprises, establishments, assets, liabilities and profitability. LARG’s industry reports also provide in-depth information on market share concentrations, business structure (e.g., corporations, sole-proprietorships, partnerships), key economic indicators, supply chain data, debt ratios and new entrant trends, including survivor rates (i.e., percentage of new businesses that last longer than five years).

In addition to LARG’s standardized report information, LARG’s industry reports in the Transportation and Warehousing sector also provide specialized statistics, including detailed information on shipping methods, inventory levels, construction activity and passenger transit. For more information on a particular industry, please click on the appropriate industry below.

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